The Lygodium Spider Moth, or Siamusotima aranea, is a species of moth that looks like a spider.
ready for take off!
When it comes to odd and beautiful evolutionary tangents, the compound eyes of insects have to be at the top of the list for specialization, other-worldliness and beauty.
Shikhei Goh has a huge gallery of macro photos of insect eyes here, and they are phenomenal.
I call this guy “Wilford Brimley”.
Previously: Did you catch this three-dimensional view of a fruit fly embryo’s development, cell by cell?
I absolutely love the humor sense of the entomologist from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
(ETA: To clarify, this is a moth. The picture was taken in southern Arizona.)