Normally spiders keep a low profile. Some of them have but evolved strikingly beautiful to trick their prey. Check out these spectacular and attractive mimic artists from the spider world
#1. Wasp Spider(Argiope bruennichi)
The bright yellow stripes under the abdomen of this spider lures it’s prey towards it’s web, it could be because it replicates some of the flowers. But somehow the stripes on its legs are invisible to the insects.
#2. Northern jwelled spider( Gasteracantha fornicata).
These spiders have an intricately patterned highly reflective dorsal shield. This the main reason where the insects prey are attracted. The spiders keep their reflective shield towards the ground in the dark forest so that the insects mistook it to be a bright gap and tries to fly through it.
#3. Northern Golden Orb Weaver( Nephila pilipes).
They are found in warm areas of Asia, Africa and Australia. The females of this species are the largest on the earth. Their leg span can reach 20 CM. Their bodies are visual lures. In a study in 2002 it revealed that the abdomen of this spider reflects a lot of UV rays which the insects are sensitive to, and therefore they mistook it as flowers which reflects uv rays too.
#4. Brown Huntsmen spider( Heteropoda venatoria)
They are also known as giant crap spider and they have a special hunting tool. It has a white stripe or moustache below it’s eyes. It is so reflective that even in night the moths are lured and attracted towards it.
#5. Orchid spider ( leucauge magnifica).
This ghostly looking species draws or attracts it’s prey from two sides. That is it’s silvery back and yellow stripped belly are very powerful lures. The latter one is especially effective at night. The coloration of the spider mimicks kind of food source that the insects rely on.
#6. Crab Spider (Thomisus spp.)
There are various kinds of crab spiders but those belongs to Thomisus species are unique. Some of them sits on flowers and catches prey while some can change there body color. It can seem to be a simple camouflage action but it is actually to lure prey. They can reflect ultravoilet rays which causes the insects to get more attracted towards them.
#7. Brazilian crab spider (Epicadus heterogaster).
This kinds takes plants mimickry to a higher level. This eye catching species comes in yellow, brown, purple and white varieties, each of this resembles different flowers. This kind of disguise can help them to lure bees and other pollinators while keeping themselves save from predators.
#8. Web decorators( various genera).
This spiders use more than their bodies to attract preys. Many species like Cyclosa insula ,spin intricates patterns into their webs. This decorations or stabilimenta may be lures for flying insects.
#9. Peacock spider (Maratus app.).
They aren’t hungting lures but their mating displays are their identity and uniqueness. During copulation the males attracts the females by vibrating their irredescent abdomen. Their enlarged eyes are equipped with telephoto lenses. Their colour visions are highly superior. The display of female peacock spider is way more dazzling.
#10. Bolas spiders(various genera).
They have the most sophisticated lures in the animal kingdom. They catch their prey by swinging a single line of silk with a sticky droplet at the end. One species, Mastophora hutchinsoni have a special weapon. At night they release chemicals that mimics sex pheromones of female moths. Any moth that gets too curious gets attached to the sticky end. They release two different pheromones of two different moths. It depends on the active form.