We’re celebrating Darwin Day a little early » « Kids, you’re our only hope Someone is a bit over-dressed It’s not me. It’s Chrysilla volupe. It’s a spider, so it’s tucked below the fold so you don’t have to see it. Share this:PrintEmailShare on TumblrTweet We’re celebrating Darwin Day a little early » « Kids, you’re our only hope
I like the eyewear but since when did spiders wear glasses?
If you could make it big enough, it could go after the new military weapons carrying robot dogs! That would be great. But, it probably wouldn’t be fast enough to outrun Kevin McCarthy running away from legitimate questions.
Headed off to audition for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? I know it’s religious-themed, but show spiders have to go where the opportunities take them.
I assume the color serves some warning function for potential predators, like ‘poison, don’t touch’.
What fresh wonder is this? ‘Tis wonderful.
And here’s a question: are those colors from pigmentation or other physical effects like light diffraction or similar?
Wow what a gorgeous spider! I wonder if they make good pets? I have some birds that look like that…
Dago Red says
Grandma? It IS you! My God, reincarnation is true!!!
Been snooping around Elton John’s garage?
Becca Stareyes says
Well, now I feel underdressed.
outis@6 I don’t know for certain, but the colors look a lot more like thin film interference than pigments. I doubt it’s literally a thin film (like a soap bubble) but some kind of interference.
Graeme Adamson says
Its just the prettiest thing. My brother thinks it would make a great LGBTQ+ mascot during Pride.
kenbakermn @ 10
@ 12: yeah, I was gonna say, that spider looks like it’s made out of dichroic glass (which is made with metallic layers to get vivid rainbow colours using interference effects). Alas, I’m not one of those lampworkers who specializes in bugs & spiders…
Is this a relative of the Peacock Spiders maybe? Or just convergent evolution in arachnid colourfulness?
Certainly in their league colours wise..
Gotta be a male, right?
Absolutely gorgeous! And from the metallic look, I’m certain that the colors come are from some sort of interference effect, probably from the surface geometry, as is the case with butterflies and some bird-feather coloring (like around pigeon and hummingbird necks).
oh, here’s a really nice article in the phenomenon: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2706478/#idm140290514013040title
p.s. Hi all, after two decades of lurking.