Arachnophobia? How about some “exposure therapy?”

Posted By on October 2, 2022

While out mowing the lawn this week … I “think” I may have brought a spider in the house with me? In any case, it was on my shirt and Spider220928I felt something crawling on my arm. After an instinctive swat and swipe of the hand, I notice it landed on my glass chair mat in my office so before squashing, I took this photo (left).


Now to try and identify: It is commonly referred to as a Jumping Spider, but think this one belongs to the genus Marpissa, in the family Salticidae.

300px-Little_Miss_Muffet_2_-_WW_Denslow_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_18546According to, it looks to be a Marpissa muscosa (Fence-post Jumper) but who really knows?

As for the phobia call arachnophobia, the treatment is “exposure therapy.” Yikes!


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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
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