Cutie pie spider allows me to indulge in some much missed macro photography!
Small Spiders Have Big Brains That Spill Into Their Legs
Rachel Kaufman for National Geographic News
They’re not fat, they’re just big-brained: Tiny spiders have such huge brains for their body sizes that the organs can spill into the animals’ body cavities, a new study shows.
Such big brains may explain why very small spiders—some less than a millimeter across—are just as good at spinning webs as bigger arachnids.
For the study, a team led by Bill Eberhard, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and a professor at the University of Costa Rica, examined nine spider species from six web-weaving families.
The researchers found that the smaller the spider, the bigger its brain relative to its body size.
In some spiders, the central nervous system took up nearly 80 percent of the space in their bodies, sometimes even spilling into their legs.
I had a visit from a handsome Jumping Spider last night.
My photo of my one and only sighting (so far) of a Spider Squat Lobster (Chirostylus sandyi). It moved like an underwater daddy-long-legs. Just much slower.
Droplets on a Spider web by Jim Hoffman