Darth Vader Jumping Spider

Darth Vader Jumping Spider

Jumping spider as Darth Vader? Well, that thought certainly crossed my mind when I saw this little spider jumping from leaf to leaf, branch to branch, on a rose bush.

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Darth Vader Jumping Spider?

This was the funniest little spider I have seen in my yard in a long time. He first tried to stare me down, which is how I got this particular image. The scientific name for this spider is Phidippus audax, which means “daring” or “bold.” This one certainly was!!!

When I didn’t leave, it scurried under leaves, over leaves, jumped everywhere, looking around periodically to see if I were still there.

This spider could also be dressed for Halloween – black and orange! This was a particularly wonderful creature to run across unexpectedly in the yard!

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“OK, I’m Leaving, Lady!”
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Nice Backside!

While these are common in the United States and in New Mexico, this is the most colorful one I have seen in my yard. It was an unexpected pleasure, along with being a little humorous. Keep an eye out for something similar when you are out in your yard.

4 Replies to “Darth Vader Jumping Spider”

    1. Hi, Tim. Thanks! I had to laugh when I uploaded the images. Actually, I was laughing even as was photographing this little guy. He was unquestionably the best jumping spider I have seen in my yard. 🙂

    1. Hi, Aprille! Thank you for taking the time to look, and to comment. I agree that they are fun. I haven’t seen too many this year, and I was so delighted to see this one because it had such attitude (well, they all do, but this one especially 🙂 ))))))) )
      Again, thanks for dropping by!

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