“The Bold Jumping Spider” (Phidippus Audax)

How’s that for a name for a species? It sounds like either a horror story or a children’s book.

If you get a really close look at it, that spot on its back is sort of in the shape of a heart — which suggests this guy would make a pretty creative Valentine’s day present. Also — that spot ought to be orange or white, geographically speaking. The ones with yellow markings are only supposed to be found in certain parts of Florida.  Yet our friend found sunny Roanoke, VA.

Anyway … if you zoom in reaaaaaally close, you can actually see his ring of eyes.



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