Bold Jumping Spider
  Phidippus audax  
Order: Araneae
Family: Salticidae
 
Physical Characteristics
 
 
  Cephalothorax:      
About as long as it is wide. Usually brown to black in coloration.    
Abdomen:    
Elongated. Brown to black with some light white to gold markings in the shape of triangles on the back.    
Legs:    
moderately short with two clawed tarsi and claw tufts.    
Size:    
15.0 mm
   
Eye Pattern:
 
 
  Habitat:    
  Found in vegetation and around rocks. They also survive well in houses.
  Range:
    Widespread throughout North America  
         
 
         
  Web Type:    
  They make sacs to retreat to but do not make webs because they sneak up and jump on their prey.  
       
Fun Fact:    
  The chelicerae are irridescent green! Apparently, they adapt well to being held in captivity. One Phidippus audax was recorded to eat 40 fruit flies in one sitting.