Habronattus forticulus (Gertsch & Mulaik, 1936) - Jumping Spider
This is another largely Mexican Habronattus (see also H. fallax) whose range extends northward to Texas. Like other male Habronattus jumpers this species is well marked. Under normal circumstances, however, their small size makes them easy to overlook. One of the more successful techniques for finding Habronattus jumpers is to stand or sit in one place and look for motion. While memebers of this group occur in a wide variety of habitats they are typically found in open areas on the ground. The adult males in particular are often on the move as they search for prey and/or potential mates. The North American wood warbler family (Parulidae) is a favorite of birders. Habronattus spiders compare favorably with these birds in terms of diversity and beauty. Individuals of both groups require some effort to find and enjoy, but then if the quest was too easy much of the charm would be lost.