8 days ago
Today is save a spider day! As the largest jumping spider in North America, it's easy to see how this species became known as the regal jumping spider. As with all jumping spiders, it uses its excellent vision to locate prey and potential mates. This species, which is most often seen in Florida, has been spotted in the wild feeding on a type of weevil known for causing damage to citrus trees and sugarcane. Spiders don’t always have a great reputation, but despite common perceptions they are more friend than foe, especially when it comes to yard maintenance. They work hard, removing insect pests from your garden beds early in the spring, and continue eating them throughout the growing season. Garden spiders have big appetites, too, eating at least one insect pest per day. So the more garden spiders in your landscape, the more helpers you have! Photo taken at University of Florida, Gainesville.