Friday, July 13, 2007
Yes, that's the latin name. Seriously, I have no idea, but I'm freaked out.
UPDATE: I just heard back from my friend Dr. Peggy Powell, the bug expert for the State of West Virginia... she said this: "It's a jumping spider in the Family Salticidae. I'm not sure of the genus or species. It actually has EIGHT eyes!! (betcha didn't know that most spiders have either 6 or 8 eyes and are often identified by the pattern in which the eyes are arranged) The two large eyes in front are among the most acute in the invertebrate world, allowing it to see its prey from a distance of up to 8 inches. Jumping spiders don't build webs but hunt their prey and pounce on it."
UPDATE2: Welcome Althouse readers! You can see more bugs by clicking on the "bugs" tag below. Go to my main page for other photos.