Thursday, 21 March 2013

The happy faced spider (Theridion grallator)

Found only on the islands of Oahu,
Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii, the happy face
spider, such as this one guarding its eggs
on a leaf in Maui, is known for the unique
patterns that decorate its pale abdomen.
Scientists believe Theridion grallator may
have developed its distinctive markings to
discourage birds from eating it.

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