Phidippus Clarus

Please give your spider time to de-stress when it arrives from its journey. 

 Interesting Characteristics:

Uses webbing as a dragline to catch itself in case of an unsuccessful attack.

Have a nearly 360° field of view. 

Can be tamed and taught to jump from one hand to another.

 Temperature: Spiders can be kept at room temperature.

 Humidity: A light misting will give your spider enough moisture.

 Size: Jumping spiders have a distinctive rectangular carapace, and that of female Phidippus clarus average 4.05 millimeters (0.159 in) wide, while the carapaces of males average 3.20 millimeters (0.126 in).

 Age: It varies but is said in captivity can live 2 to 3 years


You can feed small feeder insects like crickets, blue bottle flies (spikes), mealworms, wax worms.  Always be careful with crickets as they can attack what is preying on them.

 Prey items should be no larger than the size of the spider’s abdomen. 

 What size of prey do I feed?   

 Adult males:  feed prey that are the size of their head or abdomen every 3 days or to the full length of their body, depending on the life stage, condition, and courage of the spider.  Try to feed a growing juvenile as large of a prey that it will attempt to eat.

 Adult females:  feed prey the size of their body until they are plump, and taper off to feeding every 3 days, until they lay eggs.  At which point, the female is very skinny and needs more nourishment again.

 Remove uneaten prey items: these may endanger the spider during molting. 


The female red and black jumping spider is yellow to brown with black and white markings. Black is present in her eye region. Her legs are ringed with bands of light and dark colors. The male is black except on the upper abdomen that has a black band, red stripes on the sides and a white band at the base.

 Social Behavior

Clarus spiders should be kept by themselves.


Introduce a mature male and female into a spacious area together. 

Monitor them closely as females will often make a meal of their mate. 

If copulation is successful, the female will produce cocoons containing 50-200 eggs in about 2-3 weeks.