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.
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.
Thanks very much for that, jaguarondi. I've looked up the Sitticus Pubescens, and it's definitely not one of those.
My problem now is what to do with it. What do they eat? Can it be released in Scotland, or are the conditions wrong? I know nothing whatsoever about beasties, but I'm guessing that the jar its currently living in is not an optimal environment for its health and happiness.
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.
Tried and failed to get a better picture. So I took it to Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, where a member of staff recognised it as a male Phidippus Audax. Don't know where I got the 'reddish antennae' bit, because he has nothing of the sort, and the lower front bit of his face is green.
They have a female version of the same thing, and were delighted to take him off our hands, so I no longer have to worry about housing, feeding and stimulating him.
Many thanks for your help! I've learned a lot about spiders in the past few days, and they are much more interesting creatures than I gave them credit for...