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What is this spider? - Phidippus regius

What is this spider? - Phidippus regius
Davenport, Florida, USA
April 5, 2011
Size: 1" approx
Found this beauty in Florida. Looks like a jumping spider, but wanted to make sure. Looks to be a cannibal as well. :-)

Moved
Moved from Jumping Spiders.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Phidippus regius
Looks like Phidippus regius. You might consider cropping this sop the spider fills more of the image

 
Fixed the image a little bit
Fixed the image a little bit to make it better to see. I didn't get a different angle to see his/her catch unfortunately.

 
Eating a widow
If I'm not mistaken, those are the legs of some sort of widow spider.

 
Theridiidae maybe
It does resemble Theridiidae, but that is a huge family, and widows are only a single genus, Latrodectus. Maybe someone else could confirm the prey for you.

 
I wish I got a better shot of
I wish I got a better shot of the brown spider now. I'm guessing Florida is known for lots of bad spiders (we live in Manitoba, Canada).

The property was covered in fire ants and crickets as well. Not too many noticeable spiders though (my kids were thankful, they don't share my interest).

 
Everything is relative
I don't really think there are good spiders and bad spiders. There are a few venomous ones in Florida, but they are found in much of the southern US too, and they don't mean you any harm. You just have to stay aware of what is around in an area and display a little caution. With the exception of actual allergies, most fears of insects and arachnids are pretty irrational.

 
Widow legs
Here's a similar looking spider. I'm not sure if this is a juvenile female or juvenile male. The adults are more black


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