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Iridescent Gold Jumping Spider - Sassacus vitis

Iridescent Gold Jumping Spider - Sassacus vitis
San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
March 13, 2010
Size: Less then 1/4 inch
Found this beautiful little guy hunting the rose bushes in my back yard. He was very skittish and I only go one good shot of him. Hopefully, I got some of the ID features. He was an incredible iridescent gold and seemed to almost glow in the sun shine.

Metaphiddipus vitis?

tiny gold spiders
i saw a couple of these guys while collecting seeds from some flowers in Pacheco ca today.

Gold Jumping Spider
Wow--that's the awesome little gold spider I found on my arm a few days ago at the Civic Center Light Rail Stop, also in San Jose. I put him across the street on the hydrangeas. This website rocks!

Moved from ID Request.

Sassacus vitis, formerly Metaphiddipus vitis.
Cute, aren't they? It's my favorite little jumper. Most are metallic, but some are black.

are some bronze
and copper? i have seen all three

Check 'em out

Most of those I've seen are what I'd call silver.

Thanks for the IDs
I've always enjoyed taking "bug" photos but I am not a huge fan of spending hours plowing though keys to ID them. BugGuide rules!

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