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Found a Phidippus cardinalis on my grapes, need info

Hey guys, I'm not a spider fanatic, but this experience today has got me interested.

I was eating green grapes today and found a conical web. Sure enough there was a spider inside. I put the stalk under a glass, and after a while a spider came out of the webbing.

I am in Vancouver, BC, Canada and have never seen a spider like this before. Very cool colouring. Remembering all the horror stories on people getting bitten by spiders in the fruit they purchased at a grocery store, I did some research on the internet and believe that I found a Phidd. cardinalis.

However, I could only find pictures on this guy, but not info on his bite (if it's posionous), what it eats etc. Can someone fill me in, I am interested in learning about this spider.

This site is so great, very well designed and lots of excellent pictures.

Thanks guys!


cardinalis in Vancouver
I find it very interesting that you found a phidippus in your grapes. I am wondering if those are locally grown or imported from somewhere south of Vancouver. It is very unlikely that it's a cardinalis, since they have never been found west of the Rockies and and in none of the northern central states. It is very likely however that what you found is a female or juvenile P. clarus. They are spread throughout N. America like P. audax. Whichever phidippus it is that you found, unless you are overly sensitive to bee stings and insect bites, they are considered to be harmless and are not prone to biting unless threatened.

Phidippus Bite
Here is some info I found on the net.

And ..
and here - some info on bite

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