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Bold jumping spider

Phidippus audax

Description:

These spiders are typically black with a pattern of spots and striped on their abdomen and legs. Often these spots are orange-tinted in juveniles, turning white as the spider matures. This spider belongs to the genus Phidippus, a group of jumping spiders easily identified both by their relatively large size and their iridescent chelicerae. In the case of P. audax, these chelicerae are a bright, metallic green or blue.

Notes:

found on the plant in the 2nd photo. The spider attempted unsuccessfully to jump from that leaf to the house at least 3 times before he finally made it.

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MeganM
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MeganM

Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA

Spotted on Oct 22, 2012
Submitted on Oct 22, 2012

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