Friday, March 07, 2008

Smiley Spider

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.

This photo is part of the Best Photos of The Day for 2007 @ National Geographic. Click to see the rest of the collection.

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