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Jumping spider ambushes unlucky wasp on hummingbird feeder

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 6:48 am in Spiders, Wasps.

Daring Jumping Spider grabs wasp on hummingbird feeder. Note characteristic white spots on the spider’s abdomen. Photo by Jay Stamps, Concord, CA.
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I shot these pictures of a spider having a yellow jacket for lunch on my hummingbird feeder. I am curious as to what kind of spider it is. It has a white spot on its head. I haven’t seen one like this before. Thanks.
Jay Stamps, Concord, California

It’s called a Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax). They’re about a quarter to a half inch long. Very commonly found in backyards, gardens, on tree trunks, etc., throughout North America. You sometimes find them in your house. Dangerous to insects but harmless to humans. Jumping spiders get their name from the amazing leaps they make when chasing and grabbing insects. By the way, that white spot is actually on its abdomen, not its head. This spider can also be identified by its metallic green chelicerae — the two front appendages with the spider’s fangs on the ends that it uses to grab and hang on to its prey. Grrrr! /Gary

Daring Jumping Spider hanging onto wasp on hummingbird feeder. Note spider’s green metallic chelicerae with fangs (just below black eyes) that it is using to grasp the wasp. Photo by Jay Stamps, Concord, CA.
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2 Responses to “Jumping spider ambushes unlucky wasp on hummingbird feeder”

  1. Barbara Says:

    (Good spider!) It brings to mind, jrstamps, a praying mantis that had just finished her egg-laying and nest-building in a crab apple tree back East. She was sitting back relaxing with a cup of something. That “cup” was the lower half of a wasp.

    I thought I saw it all until I saw photos of praying mantises decapitating and eating hummingbirds …

    The circle of life is pretty interesting! Thanks for the photo!

  2. Christina Says:

    Death to all spiders!

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