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Apr 11, 2013 9:10 AM

Spider identification help, please

My daughter found this - photo attachedd - emerging from a "cocoon type thing" on an apple (purchased in Edinburgh UK) she was about to eat  and I've been trying to identify it.  I've googled the details, of which the most striking are: a whitish / yellowish dot on its back, with two lower-placed, smaller, similar coloured ones, reddish antennae (?), and about 8mm long (just body and head sections).  The images which came up on those details closely ressemble our one, and are 'Daring Jumping Spiders' - Phidippus Audax.  These appear to be North American

 

I'd be very grateful for any information.

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    Apr 11, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to Susan)
    Re: Spider identification help, please

    It certainly looks more like a jumping spider than any other sort of spider, although I suspect a narrower ID is going to be impossible from that photo. It might be worth checking out Sitticus pubescens which is a fairly common species.

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        Apr 12, 2013 10:55 AM (in response to Susan)
        Re: Spider identification help, please

        Hi Susan

         

        Without knowing the species it's hard to say whether it could survive outside. Some jumping spiders seem good at distributing themselves around the world on imported food etc. (like the Phidippus you mention) but could probably only survive in the UK in a greenhouse or similar and maybe yours is such a species. Can you get a better photo? Jumping spiders pounce on small insects to which they are attracted by their movements. The ones on the wall of my house feed mainly on flies but bugs, greenflies, other spiders also feature in their diet.

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