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Sweet mother of fuzzy! Just look at that cutie patootie! This little jumper is easily identified as a member of the genus Phidippus based on the presence of those stunning iridescent mouthparts called chelicerae. I have noticed that this particular genus of spiders has a real tendency to pose for the camera, making them one of my favorites and quite a delight to work with!
Spiders and insects share many of the same characteristics and both belong to the phylum Arthropoda, but the two are grouped separately into different subphylum’s. Spiders belong to the subphylum Chelicerata, along with scorpions, ticks and mites. Critters in Chelicerata possess fun little appendages called pedipalps, you can watch our little friend wiggling his back and forth in the second slide. In spiders, pedipalps serve a variety of different purposes depending on the species. They can be used for protection, copulation, and sensory detection, but here I’m not exactly sure what he’s using his for, all I know is it’s really stinking cute! 😋