I found this little weirdboy on my indoor hallway door frame. They are very curious and inquisitive and often do not run away when confronted. Instead, they will turn to face you and check you out with their gigantic eyes. They are mostly harmless, but apparently they can bite sometimes if you handle them. The bite is about as painful as a bee sting. This is part of a group of spiders called jumping spiders.
I looked him up on the Net and was surprised to find whole Internet communities full of bug lovers . Some of them even keep little guys like this for pets. There are even some girls and women who keep them as pets. Girl power! Down with arachnophobia!
He sure is a cutie, though, huh?
I got a measuring cup and put it underneath him and poked him a bit. He jumped down into the cup and then I took him outside and released him, since I usually don’t kill bugs except for pests. I often rescue them with my hand so I can release them outside if I am sure they are harmless.
I’ve never seen this weird spider before!