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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bold

We were doing some yard work this afternoon, when Eric noticed a very dark spider.  I was excited to see that it was a jumping spider with iridescent green chelicera.  Here it is after launching onto Eric's hand (!):


Meet the Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax).  "Bold" is an appropriate name for this speciesit was very active and an incredible jumper, covering distances many times its own body length.

Here's a close-up:



As you can see, this spider is predominantly black, but there are silvery bands on the legs and white markings on the abdomen:


It was fun to meet this spider during an afternoon of chores.

2 comments:

Alice Chan said...

They are so beautiful!

Jackie Sones said...

Hi, Alice!

I agree -- this spider was striking. I loved the combination of deep black, bright white, and iridescent green.

:) Jackie