Locating Salticidae (Jumping spiders)

Yesterday, I was out collecting some Ironweed seed (Vernonia sp. - probably V. fasciculata) for a native plant meadow my brother is planting. While collecting some seeds, I noticed a small webbed structure on the plant among the seed pods. Further inspection showed that it was occupied by a Phidippus species. Since these overnight pocket shelters are larger and typically much more visible than their inhabitants (white webbing vs assorted colors), I started looking around and quickly found several more. This seems like another possibility for finding Salticids - especially when the available search time is in late afternoon.

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