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Mantisfly larva?

Mantisfly larva?
Hornsby Bend, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
October 25, 2015
Just above the pedipalps of a Phidippus arizonensis male. The photos I've seen of mantispid larvae on jumpers usually show the larva hanging out on the back of the cephalothorax of female spiders, but since this is a male, maybe the larva hopes to transfer to a female during mating. (If so, how does it know it's on a male?!) I also don't know if this could be a wasp or fly larva; I know I've seen photos of other external spider parasites.

Moved from Mantidflies.

Moved from Jumping Spiders.

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

Neat pic. With luck, one of the Salticid experts will recognize the parasite.