Platycryptus californicus and the Fly  (two photos)
Jumping Spider

According to, these are not Platycryptus undatus but Platycryptus californicus.

This Platycryptus californicus, the most sociable spider species around my house, was on this piece of rain gutter under my deck.
What I love about jumping spiders is that they're not afraid to tackle anything.  You know how hard it is to kill a fly with a fly swatter
 but somehow the jumping spiders just sneak up on their prey and take them by surprise.  I love it!  Still people would rather have flies
around their house than a harmless and interesting jumping spider.  Go figure.  © Carol Davis, 7-2-2008

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