Phidippus clarus. This is the female. And look at the size of that hopper she landed. She was not going to abandon it to a Sony lens reflection. Really makes me want to stop what I am doing out in the heat sometimes and just give a standing burst of applause.

Phidippus clarus male. Really striking. Another OK shot from David. I have not seen many males in my area. Note the strongly contrasting white and red on the abdomen. And the jet black thorax with the white dusting cover on the palps.

I think this is a juvenile of Phidippus clarus. Another female. Was scaling a small oak sapling looking for trouble. She was already fair sized as jumpers go. But the female Phids can be large as full adults.

A Phidippus carolinensis female that is very close to P. regius but I don't believe we will have regius in Arkansas. It had this Silvery Checkerspot under control and several other husks and wings beneath it on the ground. It lucked into a veritable Checkerspot smorgasbord. I often find the Jumpers this way, not from seeing them outright, but by noting the kill they have in hand.

Now this is the female Phidippus regius. This one taken in Florida where it must be the dominant species from the frequency that Eric is encountering it. See the extensive collection of bugguide male and female shots here. That is a tasty Gray Hairstreak. Note the similarity to the pattern on the last Jumper above but the much different coloration.

This is the male Phidippus otiosus. Which is in the same group with regius. Another Arbour shot from Oklahoma. Note some subtle oranges and greens in there and the large white thoracic sidewalls also present on some regius. P. otiosus is found in much of the SE to MO AR and east TX. They are concentrated in FL where regius is dominant.

Frontal view of same OK individual. Compare with some variants of audax where the white sidewalls do not usually cover quite extensively but they have the same white black white pattern on leg number one.

Excellent Arbour shot of a Phidippus cardinalis female. And this species is in the same group with the above clarus but I think the females of this and pius are tougher. See the fine NE female here of pius. The distribution is discussed there as well. Since the revision puts them all over the east and into TX NM and AZ (even Central America!) I have looked for pius in AR to no avail.  

Phidippus whitmani face on. This guy jumped off a stump I was working on and then my work stopped. Said stump is in the background. I love those cream-colored palps. This species is apparently known for its love of leaf litter and its early appearance in spring.

Same spider, same stump. Top view of mister whitmani. Did I mention I love these?

A forest dweller from Lorance. Again, likely a young male P. whitmani. With a nice ant capture. You can see how small this male was. Ants are not easy game at this size. This one was well subdued.

I was 50% convinced this is another whitmani juvenile male with an excellent fly kill but I believe this is a male P. clarus after review. Nice red on red capture here.

Note the similarity here of this juvenile and the above young whitmani. I thought this was a P. whitmani when I saw it though it was tiny. I would like to see a juvenile P. cardinalis for comparison.

This absolutely beautiful jumper was one of several of this species I saw on the same day in May 05. All were close to the leaf litter. That color on the dorsum of the head and thorax is fire colored. Posteriorly, it was less intense as you can see below.

I initially believed these were adult Phidippus cardinalis and not whitmani. But they suggest intense male whitmanis. Of course, this may change. Here is the top view of same individual. This was a large jumper as jumpers go. Very fast at flipping under leaves when exposed.

The side shot of a second individual that was several hundred yards from the other one. It was walking along a downed tree trunk flagging its arms periodically in signal to no one in particular. Note the blacker forehead. And the arms that look just a bit lighter than I expected on male cardinalis. This seems to be a true male P. whitmani.

These would be the waving arms of the male looking for, well, some action I suppose. You tell me -- cardinalis or whitmani? I am going with whitmani after much study. Here is a TN cardinalis female.

From Ouachita county, in leaf litter, a juvenile also of P. whitmani. And I am thinking this is a female but difficult.

This is more the color and pattern of a female P. whitmani. This is what the males are doing all the waving about. I am not sure any other forest dwelling Phid females are marked in this manner.

Phidippus apacheanus. The widespread, brilliantly red Phid that is more often seen in fall. I spent quite a bit of time crawling around a dry, rocky hillside trying to shoot this one. At one point, and I have had many Phids do this, it noticed itself in my lens glass and started flagging at itself and approaching closer. I cannot think of a more fabulous thing to watch at close range. 

The face with green eye reflection. Note how the red bleeds around the eyes like fur. In fact the scales look like fur on the whole dorsum.