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  • Paulette Brooks

    The cutest jumping spider ever, even without the smile.

  • Janette

    Side Note: I have a thing for fuzzy insects, more specifically the tiny jumping spiders that I’ve always found to be the most adorable creatures on the face of the planet [next to my cat]. This is a very interesting article that caught my eye via Wired that explains how these little guys not only see with their multiple eyes.. but also with their hair! How their tiny specialized hairs do it has puzzled researchers for decades, but one team of scientists may have found a break. Their physics-focused work suggests each hair acts like a single, independent ear — not a network of ear parts that, together, turn a spider’s exoskeleton into one giant ear, as was previously assumed. “Nobody had looked at these hairs in just the right way. When you look at what they are mechanically optimized to do, you could design better ones,” said physicist Brice Bathellier of the Institute Of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, who co-authored a study of trichobothria hairs Dec. 14 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. “But nature optimizes. Animals evolve under stringent conditions,” Bathellier said. “So it became a question of what [the hairs] actually do, what type of signals tell animals ‘I should leave’ or ‘that’s just wind blowing on me.’” Trichobothria are fine hairs found on spiders, insects and other animals with exoskeletons. The hairs are so sensitive that some can pick up air movement down to one ten-billionth of a meter, roughly the width of an atom, allowing animals to feel the presence of nearby predators and prey. (Crickets and flies, for example, have tufts of them on their rumps to sense prowling enemies.) Journal: Air motion sensing hairs of arthropods detect high frequencies at near-maximal mechanical efficiency

  • Erica Martin

    10 Bugs That Are 5,000 Times Cuter Than Puppies Or Kittens

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  • MaryAnn Traphagen

    I'm sure this is moments befor he is attached to your face digging his teeth into u

  • Grace Man

    Don't let fear of something blind you to its beauty

  • Sandra Slad

    Crazy! Since spiders must exists they may as we'll be so colorful!

  • Cheyenne Jones

    So pretty....but it's usually brightly colored insects that are poisonous and I can't help but be nervous

  • Lelia Foreman

    Oh oh oh oh oh! How pretty!

Holy crap, girl--are you trying to jumpstart my heart this morning? Ain't nuthin' cute about that! Lyn Rozier

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  • centaurea

    Yes, absolutely -- and, they also help to control insect pests! what's not to like??? :-}

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