AppearanceWhile the male is strikingly red on top, with a black band in the frontal eye region and sometimes with white setae on the forelegs, the female is of a rather inconspicuous brown color. It is one of the species of jumping spiders which are mimics of mutillid wasps ; several species of these wasps are similar in size and coloration, and possess a very painful sting.
NamingThe species name is possibly a reference to poet Walt Whitman.
Distribution''P. whitmani'' occurs in USA and Canada.
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