by Milo Sumner in New Photography on Tuesday 29 July 2014

So you’re probably thinking that these are intricate artworks created by some unfathomably talented artist. Well you’re wrong, the only artist here is MOTHER NATURE! These impossible-seeming spiders are indeed real living creatures, known as mirrored or sequined spiders. The most common species in Australia is the Australian stained-glass mirror spider, or Thwaitesia argentiopunctata.

The silvery areas on their abdomen are similar to the scales on a fish, and the spider has the ability to change their size if it feels threatened.

The images in this post were taken by photographers Nicky Bay and Robert Whyte.

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