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Video shows spider with an alien-like face

Posted on Sunday, 28 July, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments

It is unclear what species of spider this is. Image Credit: Twitter / @PDChina
A woman in China recently came across this strange spider which has what looks like a face on its back.
The peculiar green arachnid, which was reportedly discovered on a plant by a woman in the Hunan region of Central China, quickly went viral on Chinese social media due to the pattern on its back which looks strikingly like an alien face with two eyes, a nose, a mouth and even hair.

"Has spiderman been found?" the People's Daily China wrote.

"This spider with a human-like face on its back was found at a home in C China's Hunan and has gone viral on Chinese social media. Do you know its species?"

One possibility is that the arachnid is some sort of orb web spider - more specifically a kidney garden spider or pale orb weaver - which is known to have face-like markings on its back.

Whether anyone has ever seen one that looks quite like this however remains unclear.

Source: India Today | Comments (9)

Tags: Spider

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by SD455GTO on 28 July, 2019, 17:01
Pretty sure it's just a freak of nature much like a white moose or a two headed frog.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry on 28 July, 2019, 17:08
It's a plain old Thomisid. Crab spider, not an orb weaver. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by XenoFish on 28 July, 2019, 17:28
Someone must've broken into Area 51 early and let the spiders out.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Kenemet on 28 July, 2019, 19:39
The picture is from "forced perspective."  You're looking head-on at the spider.  Viewed from above, it wouldn't show the same thing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Stiff on 28 July, 2019, 19:53
Ask Ziggy Stardust. He knows all about them.
Comment icon #6 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 28 July, 2019, 21:00
Isn't it possible that someone just painted it? Seems a bit strange for the whole thing to be that green colour only for it's back to be ready for a trip to Comicon.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Manwon Lender on 29 July, 2019, 2:34
It may be an unknown species of spider, I mean did you see how close up the photo is. Not many people take the time to look, they just kill them if they are in the house. JIMO
Comment icon #8 Posted by WolfsHead on 30 July, 2019, 16:13
Not an Orb Weaver. Its a green crab spider, or flower crab spider (Thomisidae family). They ambush hunt In plants & flowers. Completely harmless to humans. And this certainly Is a case of forced perspective (the abdominal patterning Is rather plain & ordinary when viewed from above!), to achieve the desired look. Speaking as an entomologist & arachnologist.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rlyeh on 30 July, 2019, 17:09
Horrible music.

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