Who would have thought spiders can ever be pretty?
Aside from household pests and parasites, it's hard to not admire the world of animals. However, not all animals are the same and it's fairly obvious why most of the world would prefer to look at a fawn or an antelope rather than a creepy-crawly. Talking about spiders in specific, we know that many of us are easily disgusted or even terrified of their presence in our walls and bathrooms.
We found out about a really cool spider species that chilled us to the bone! And it wasn't just terrifying it was also super cool.... c'mon surely we can relate as horror fans! It's not too easy to fall in love with a spider but the Peacock Tarantula certainly gives that notion a giant boost. According to Mental Floss, this is one of the most venomous spiders in the world. The Peacock Tarantula is also known as the Gooty sapphire tarantula or Poecilotheria metallica.
Their bite can leave humans in intense pain for well over a week so don't be playing around with them. However, they are truly beautiful to look at with their striking blue color. They like to live in the holes of tall trees where they make asymmetric funnel webs in the wild. They feast on various flying insects just like any other regular spider. Arachnids of this genius may live communally when the number of holes per tree is limited. The species is kind of a nervous one and will try to flee first, and will also flee when light shines upon it, as it is a photosensitive species. Under provocation, however, members of the species may bite.
The Peacock Tarantula has been known to be found in the deciduous forests in South and central southern India. Unfortunately, the banes of logging and firewood harvesting have resulted in the rapid degradation of their natural habitat. These spiders are usually sized between 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 in) in leg span when fully grown.
According to this blog, their amazing colors come from what biological science now calls nanostructures. These are incredible small growth like particles on the hairs of the tarantulas which reflect light. So that means these tarantulas aren't exactly producing a blue color, but the hairs on the skin are bending and reflecting blue light. You can even see it in a different color depending on what angle you are looking at it from. This trait is also known as iridescence, which is fairly common in peacocks, dragonflies, and to a lesser extent in pigeons.
The gorgeous gooty sapphire ornamental tree spider.— A Book of Rather Strange Animals (@StrangeAnimaIs) October 25, 2019
(Photo: William Foster) pic.twitter.com/y7yKiXUpiJ