Saturday, April 23, 2011

Phidippus whitmani

Phidippus whitmani is a species of jumping spider.

While the male is strikingly red on top, with a black band in the frontal eye region and sometimes with white setae on the forelegs, the female is of a rather inconspicuous brown color. It is one of the species of jumping spiders which are mimics of mutillid wasps (commonly known as "velvet ants"); several species of these wasps are similar in size and coloration, and possess a very painful sting.

P. whitmani occurs in USA and Canada. The species name is possibly a reference to poet Walt Whitman.

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