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Phidippus cardinalis (adult male)


" I'm looking for a pretty lady in a red dress...anybody seen her?"

The first time I found a P cardinalis I was dancing in the forest. I know there are only a handful of people that can even remotely relate to that. I found a few locations here in MA and RI with a bunch of these spectacular jumpers. It's awesome to know they're out there and that I can visit them. This would be the time of year to find the adult female but they are difficult to locate. By mid summer the juveniles will be in abundance!! I think I'll visit them again this year. Photo © copyright by Patrick Zephyr.