Week of 12 June, 2017
The spider pictured here is the net-casting spider. They have a very unique way of catching bugs. Rather than building a regular orb web, like many spiders, the net-casting spider makes a small but very stretchy “net”. It will then hang upside-down watching for bugs moving below it. When one is spotted, the net-caster simply drops on the bug while simultaneously stretching out the net over the bug. In a moment, the bug is entrapped, and the spider snaps back up to where it was originally hanging to eat its meal.
OK, that’s cool! However….look at this other picture! This is what you would see if you were the bug looking up at the spider!! Thiscute face is why this spider is also called the “ogre-faced spider”! Look at those two, huge eyes! They are so big that the other six eyes can hardly be seen. Here’s where it starts to get even more amazing. This spider has the ability to see very well at night because of those two eyes. It has even better night vision that a cat or an owl! And now, for the virtually miraculous part ~ This spider lacks a tapetum lucidum, a layer of tissue that lies just behind the retina in the eyes of many night predators, and helps them gather enough light to see in the dark. So, this spider has the incredible ability to manufacture a large, light-sensitive membrane in the eyes each night! Then, because it has no iris, this membrane is rapidly destroyed by light at dawn. The following night, the eyes remanufacture brand new light-sensitive membranes again!!
Tell me…. just tell me that this was a random chance event! Wow! What a Creator!
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