For the last several years Singapore-based photographer Nicky Bay (previously here and here) has been documenting the life of the mirror spider, an unusual arthropod whose abdomen is covered in bright reflective panels that appear almost metallic. Bay recently noticed that some of the spiders ex

For the last several years Singapore-based photographer Nicky Bay (previously here and here) has been documenting the life of the mirror spider, an unusual arthropod whose abdomen is covered in bright reflective panels that appear almost metallic. Bay recently noticed that some of the spiders ex

The Mirror Spider (Thwaitesia sp.) has an abdomen covered in reflective silver 'plates'. What's fascinating about these plates is that when the spider moves, they contract; after a period of resting they dilate again to cover the entire abdomen.

The Mirror Spider (Thwaitesia sp.) has an abdomen covered in reflective silver 'plates'. What's fascinating about these plates is that when the spider moves, they contract; after a period of resting they dilate again to cover the entire abdomen.

Meet the Mirror Spider, a spider with shiny guanine crystal patches on its back that give it the appearance of the broken glass mosaic you made in arts & crafts class. The shiny parts appear small when the spider is on the move but grow to cover the entire abdomen when at rest... #DiscoSpider

Meet the Mirror Spider, a spider with shiny guanine crystal patches on its back that give it the appearance of the broken glass mosaic you made in arts & crafts class. The shiny parts appear small when the spider is on the move but grow to cover the entire abdomen when at rest... #DiscoSpider

Mirror Spider (Sequined Spider) - Found in all states of Australia, the Mirror spider appears to have shards of mirrors attached to its abdomen. It is actually reflective scales composed of reflective guanine. Spiders and scorpions convert ammonia, as a product of protein metabolism in the cells, to guanine - Image : © Nicky Bay / 2016

Mirror Spider (Sequined Spider) - Found in all states of Australia, the Mirror spider appears to have shards of mirrors attached to its abdomen. It is actually reflective scales composed of reflective guanine. Spiders and scorpions convert ammonia, as a product of protein metabolism in the cells, to guanine - Image : © Nicky Bay / 2016

"Thwaitesia nigronodosa, araña de la familia Theridiidae"  ~I'm guessing that translates to something like 'spectacularly georgous and from the family of awesome'~

"Thwaitesia nigronodosa, araña de la familia Theridiidae" ~I'm guessing that translates to something like 'spectacularly georgous and from the family of awesome'~

For the past several years, Nicky Bay has carefully observed the dazzlingly odd-looking arthropod known as the “mirror spider” (scientifically: “Thwaitesia argentiopunctata”). The Singapore-based photographer has concentrated his macro lens on this small creature whose midsection is cloaked in silvery, mosaic-like panels that reflect light. From certain angles, it looks like it’s wearing fabulous, tiny sequins. Thanks to Bay’s continued documentation, he has noticed that their appearance…

For the past several years, Nicky Bay has carefully observed the dazzlingly odd-looking arthropod known as the “mirror spider” (scientifically: “Thwaitesia argentiopunctata”). The Singapore-based photographer has concentrated his macro lens on this small creature whose midsection is cloaked in silvery, mosaic-like panels that reflect light. From certain angles, it looks like it’s wearing fabulous, tiny sequins. Thanks to Bay’s continued documentation, he has noticed that their appearance…

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