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Male jumping spider stalking bees on a lavender plant.
Urban house flower garden.
The red-backed jumping spider (Phidippus johnsoni) is one of the largest and most commonly encountered jumping spiders of western North America. It is not to be confused with the unrelated and highly venomous redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti). When threatened, the redbacked jumping spider can inflict a quite painful bite in self defense, but with no serious medical consequences. Wikipedia
Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 4, 2012