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Phidippus mystaceus - male

Phidippus mystaceus - Male
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
September 19, 2005
Check out the Christmas colored eyes. Sorry, I never did get them in focus.

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Phidippus mystaceus - male Phidippus mystaceus - male

Beautiful, beautiful Jumper. Same one that invaded Josh's lecture hall this year.

I hope
that nobody smashed it. I was talking with my sister who lives in Cleveland, TN this past week, and was trying to get her to capture and send me a mystaceus from her yard. She tells me that when she sees them, she knocks them to the ground and stomps on them. I was horrified. I had to lecture her on the beauty and benefit of these creatures. She still didn't agree to send me one.

that's bad! A lot of spiders end up squished. I've become the neighborhood spider remover. I feel like I have to lecture every kid I see now-a-days. A lot of them want to kill every bug they see, and I'm sure they're learning that from their parents.