white-cheeked jumping spiders

(Pelegrina spp.)

white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina sp.)
Photo by Scott Bemman

Pelegrina is a genus of fairly small spiders called white-cheeked jumping spiders. It occurs throughout North America, in Central America, and in northern South America. There are at least 38 species worldwide, 26 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 4 species in Minnesota. They are among the most common jumping spiders in North America.


Some Pelegrina species are found low on the foliage of herbs and shrubs, some on grasses, some on understory vegetation, and others on conifers.


Males are brown with white stripes. Females are mottled brown, gray, or yellow, have more muted markings, and have four pale spots on top of the abdomen. On both sexes there is a stripe of white scales beginning behind the anterior median eyes (AME) and extending to the rear of the plate covering the front body segment (carapace). This is most noticeable on males. On males there is an extra white stripe below the AME. This is the feature that gives the genus its common name. Most have an inverted white V-shaped marking on the forehead.


Distribution Map



24, 29, 30, 82.
  Class Arachnida (arachnids)  


Araneae (spiders)  


Araneomorphae (typical spiders)  
  Infraorder Entelegynae (entelegyne spiders)  




Salticidae (jumping spiders)  


Salticinae (typical jumping spiders)  


  Subtribe Dendryphantina  

All jumping spiders, including those in the genus Pelegrina, were formerly place in the genus Metaphidippus.


Subordinate Taxa


big-headed white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina laviceps)

common white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva)

coppered white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina aeneola)

grassland white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina arizonensis)

peppered white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina galathea)

spotted white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina insignis)

thin-spined white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina exigua)

yellowleg jumping spider (Pelegrina flavipes)






Common Names


white-cheeked jumping spider










The hard, upper (dorsal), shell-like covering (exoskeleton) of the body or at least the thorax of many arthropods and of turtles and tortoises. On crustaceans, it covers the cephalothorax. On spiders, the top of the cephalothorax made from a series of fused sclerites.



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  Pelegrina Jumping Spiders

Nov 1, 2012

Pelegrina jumping spiders are basically the same size as habronattus jumping spiders, somewhere around 6mm in length. They are some of the most difficult spiders to video because of their sudden movements and they seem to have this inability to stay in one spot for at least 5 seconds. They are very active and can usually be found around flowers, especially sunflowers which are very numerous in the area I live.




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August 2020

Location: Baker Park Reserve

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