May 2021 Spider of the Month

Spider of the month May 2021 Pachyballus sp.

Our May spider of the month is this beetle jumping spider (Pachyballus sp.; Salticidae) taken by Bruce Blake in Amanzimtoti, KZN. The spider is feeding on a booklouse (Psocidae). There are nine recorded species, of which three occur in South Africa. The name basically means “thick ballus”, from the Greek pachys (think “pachyderm”, i.e. elephants, rhinos, hippos, etc., … Read more