This unique-looking, male jumper belongs to a genus whose males take courtship displays to the extreme. Movement, bright colors, and substrate-borne vibrations are all incorporated into a species-specific display. Females are comparatively drab, larger …and if the dance is not to their liking it can prove deadly for the wooer. Like all jumping spiders, they are sharp-eyed daytime hunters that stalk and pounce on their prey. A silk “safety line” is anchored during their leaps.
Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 5/25/20 in Pattee Canyon near Missoula, MT