Phidippus regius blue rastafari, commonly known as the “Rastafari” jumping spider, is a P. Regius morph native to Jamaica, specifically found in the region of the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains extend in a southwest-northeast direction, reaching heights of up to 2,250 meters, creating a noticeably cooler microclimate compared to the rest of Jamaica. The peaks of the mountains experience an average temperature of only thirteen degrees Celsius. However, Phidippus regius “Rastafari” can be found in the intermediate mountain regions where the average annual temperature ranges between 24 and 27 °C. While these critters aren’t literally “blue”, females display gorgeous crimson markings unique to their locality in the Jamaican mountains. Like all Phidippus spiders, they are exceptionally easy to care for and make great pets.
Jumping spiders go through various stages of colouration and patterns as they grow, and there’s always variation in colour even with morphs. The adult colour of your spider will only become apparent when it reaches maturity. For instance, mature males of P. Regius are usually black, while mature females exhibit colours and markings specific to their morph. Even in rare Jumping spider morphs/localities, the males are always black.