Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

There are two species of jumping spiders in Florida, the gray wall jumper and the pantropical jumper. They are both associated with buildings or structures where they can be numerous around lights and catching the insects attracted to the lights. Both of these spiders are medium to large in size, ranging from 8-12mm in length. Jumping spiders are found in the southeast from Texas to Florida and are prevalent year-round. The mating and reproduction begins in the fall and continues until spring. Females create a flattened white egg sack in a crevice where they stay and guard 25-40 eggs. The eggs will hatch out in approximately three weeks. Many people consider jumping spiders beneficial because of their control of flies, mosquitoes, and other pests.