Phidippus (cf.) otiosus

Canopy jumping spider

Habitat: North America (Florida, South Carolina)

Type: arboreal

Longevity: ♂ ~ 1,5 years / ♀ ~ 2,5 years

Body size without legs (cm/in): ~ 1.5/0,5

Large eyes and an overall cute appearance make the jumping spider an increasingly popular species. The Ph. Otiosus is in no way inferior to the other representatives of this genus. It can be kept in a small terrarium (approx. 15 x 15 x 20 cm) without any problems, although you should make sure that you do not have to remove the lid to open it. Because this is exactly where this spider usually weaves its web and spends a large part of its time there. To hunt prey, they usually jump and then kill with a venomous bite. They are not afraid of prey in their body size. Their jump is comparable to that of a bundgie jumper, as they set a spinning thread as an anchor. Dealing with the animal is very easy, some of these spiders even jump onto the hand of the keeper when it is held up.

Picture 1: tiny sling in it´s second instar (~ 2 mm)

Picture 2: sling in its first molt (~ 1 mm) eating a drosophila.