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Photographer Nicky Bay Documents Mirror Spiders Adjusting their Silver Plates to Appear More Reflective

For many years, a photographer in Singapore named Nicky Bay has been capturing how mirror spiders live and their strange behaviors. If you didn’t know, mirror spiders are an unusual type of spider that has shiny metallic panels on their abdomen. These panels are reflective just like a mirror. Bay wanted to document these spiders with his camera and see what they’re like. What he discovered was that mirror spiders can actually change the size of their reflective mirrors when they sense danger. They do this by widening the silver plates and closing up all the gaps between them so that it looks like one big reflective abdomen. This is likely a form of stealth camouflage for the spider in order to hide from any nearby predators in the wild. Bay has his own blog devoted to pictures of these mirror spiders. He regularly updates the blog with new pictures.

Mirror Spiders

Mirror Spiders

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Nicky Bay: Flickr