Saturday, June 02, 2007

Bugs in Rutland

Black, hairy jumping spider with 4 eyes and green fangs:

UPDATE: On June 26, 2007, Eric Eaton at bugguide.net identified this spider which I described as being 1/4 inch diameter:
"Phidippus sp.
Actually, 1/4 inch is pretty 'large' for a jumping spider. Most of the diversity in Salticidae seems to be in a much smaller size range. This is a male of some kind of Phidippus. They vary greatly in coloration and pattern among individuals, so I can't put a species name on this one. Not a dangerous species, and good to have it on pest control patrol:-)"

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