Even those normally not bothered by arachnids may find jumping spiders a little unsettling, although most are harmless. Arachnophobes may think they’re downright terrifying.
But this species takes it a little far – about six feet, in fact. Learn more at EARTH.COM 🌎
A handsome male Hakka himeshimensis. I knew this was a species I had never seen before, so I began scouring the guide for the family Salticidae. This species is the only one within the genus Hakka. These Hakka jumpers have no common name (although I've taken to calling them shore jumpers haha) and are NOT native to the United States at all. This species comes from East Asia but has been accidentally introduced into the eastern coastal part of the US probably via maritime shipping. Little stowaways!!!! According to Wikipedia, they are most likely to be found in "rocky coastal habitats," which is exactly where I found this population. Despite the large groups they are found in, they aren't a common species at all with mine being the first submission for the state of Rhode Island on Bugguide. This spider was first documented in the continental United States in Essex County, Massachusetts. So, it's a pretty cool find! My road trip paid off!!! 😊