Jumping spiders are perhaps the cutest family of spiders. Small, compact, and sharp-eyed, these daytime hunters stalk and pounce on their prey. A silk “safety line” is anchored during their leaps. This particular species is overall gray and can be recognized by its leaf-like pattern on the back of its narrow abdomen. Males are around a quarter of an inch long, with females even longer. They can be found in Montana, as well as Arizona, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia.
Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 5/9/20 in Missoula, MT.