Holy smoke, that’s a big spider! Take a look the maple key in the picture below for scale. Fat and furry, it surprised me in the garden yesterday. Naturally, I wanted to know: friend or foe?
Friend, as it turns out! It’s the bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax), and it’s more interested in stalking the bugs in my garden (hopefully, the bad ones) than in biting me. You can ID it by its size and fuzziness, plus those three dots on the abdomen, usually white.
Forgive my fuzzy pictures. It was moving fast enough to blur the images. But you get the idea, I’m sure. Want to see one of these in motion? Here’s one on YouTube. I’m not alone in thinking jumping spiders are the cutest of arachnids. Your opinion might differ.
Don’t squish this one. Let it do its job.