April 19, 2021

These Spiders Look Like They Carry A Mirror In Their Back

A rare kind of spiders known as “sequined spiders”, “mirror spiders” or “twin peaked Thwaitesia” is found in all states of Australia. This isn’t a stained-glass sculpture or piece of delicate jewelry – it’s a real live spider.

The reflective scales on their abdomen are composed of reflective guanine, which these spiders use to give themselves color. The colors can be cream, green, yellow, or red. Male spiders are no longer than 3mm while female spiders can grow up to 4mm. There is no specification regarding their eggs or whether they form a web or not. But, they predate on small insects and live on leaves like all other species of animals.

Under the microscopic view, it can be observed that these patches pulsate with the spider’s heartbeat which helps them to change the size of them when threatened. A shiny effect is created as the scales reflect light and it works in the spider’s favor as it can camouflage through this.

It’s known that many creatures with distinctively attractive futures often are venomous to humans, but weather these spiders are on that category or not is yet to be discovered.

Check the following pictures shot in Australia and Singapore, and let us know what you think.

Image credits: Nicky Bay

Image credits: Andrew Ker

Image credits: Andrew Ker

Image credits: Nicky Bay

Image credits: Andrew Ker

Image credits: Nicky Bay

Image credits: Nicky Bay