Happy 4th of July from the Happy faced spider
Even though it is a threatened species this tiny arachnid maybe the happiest spider on the planet – the happy faced spider from Hawaii.
Measuring only a few millimeters this happy faced spider, Theridion grallator, is harmless to humans, has evolved the patterns to confuse predators.
It lives in the rainforests of the Hawaiian island chain in the Pacific.
If you find one under a leaf, it certainly could bring a smile to your face.
This unique marking may help protect it from being eaten by a bird or other predator, because when it first sees the spider the markings may confuse a predator. That moment could give the spider the chance to escape..
Not all happy-face spiders have such striking markings, and some are nearly all orange or all blue.
Found only high in the rainforests of Hawaii and are under threat from the introduction of animals not native to the islands.
Hawaiian fauna is being threatened by all the human-imported species of animals and plants that establish there each year.
Most indigenous plants and animals in lowland areas of Hawaii have disappeared due to intrusion of nonnative species brought by visitors to the Islands.Only the upland rainforest have the native species.
It is a member of the Theridiidae family.The Hawaiian name is nananana makakiʻi (face-patterned spider). The binomial grallator is Latin for “stiltwalker”, reference to the species’ long spindly legs.
Remember if this little soider can be happy so can you. Happy 4th of July!
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