juvenile female - Pirata piraticus
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, USA
October 18, 2008
Size: around 10 mm
These were pretty common down at the Puyallup fish hatchery on their metal fence posts. Some of these spiders would run when I approached, but a few were fighters like this one. It seems to be trying to look really big and mean in this shot, but may just be preparing to escape by ballooning. Generally, if I stick my finger toward the spider and the spider moves toward my finger I think of it as having an aggressive response to danger, which is how this little spider responded.
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