Jumping Spider (Phidippus johnsoni)

Order: Araneae (ah-RAY-nee-ee) (Info)
Family: Salticidae
Genus: Phidippus
Species: johnsoni

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Prescott, Arizona
Bostonia, California
Aurora, Colorado
San Isidro, Texas
Snyder, Texas

Members' Notes:

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Negative

On Jul 28, 2008, White_Hydrangea from Aurora, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Apparently has a nasty, painful bite, comparable to a bee or wasp sting. Definitely a critter to stay away from.

Positive

On Sep 14, 2007, SimbiDlo from Snyder, TX wrote:

I've heard these called creeping Charlies, interesting name eh? I think they're great!

Positive

On Jun 6, 2007, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

Must admit this is a scary looking spider. But if it eats grasshoppers that's a big plus for me. Still wouldn't want to find this one in my house! Guess it's pretty in an eerie way.

Saw the reference to Creeping Charlies...you'd think they would've called them Creeping Johnnies since they are Johnsoni.

And yes, only after I'd taken my photos and got online to ID it did I read about the painful bite and that they really do jump...and I was right up in its face taking photos! YIKES!