The World’s Goofiest-Looking Spider Is Actually a Brutal Ninja
by Matt Simon
The bizarre assassin spiders of Australia, South America, and Madagascar, with their craning necks and enormous jaws and general what-in-the-what-now appearance. These beauties (also known appropriately enough as pelican spiders) hunt other spiders, and by deploying their jaws out 90 degrees from their necks, they can impale prey, inject venom, and let them dangle there to die, all without getting bitten themselves. It’s a bit like the school bully holding a nerd at arm’s-length while the poor kid swings hopelessly at the air…
Naturally, since I’m in art school and Ophelia is a major daddy’s girl, she has to learn how to make art as well. After a bit of practice, she painted this icon for electricbluetempest who gave us this amazing piece of artwork! Consider it a trade!