This spider’s exoskeleton looks like a helmet for a very tiny alien

Popular Science | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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Peacock spiders are a type of jumping spider, which are known for their two big, bulgy (dare we say, cute?) front eyes, accompanied by six smaller peepers. While most other spiders have six or eight eyes of more modest stature and can’t produce much more than a blurry, black and white interpretation of their surroundings, jumping spiders have a complex retina and focusing system that helps them see in technicolor.

Because they can see so well, jumping spiders can spot prey many feet away and leap distances that measure over 20 times their body lengths to catch ants, wasps, and other small insects. They hunt so successfully this way that they don’t even bother building webs. But...
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