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Raining Spiders

In the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina, hundreds of spiders can be seen hanging from telephone and power poles.

The species of spider are Anelosimus eximius, which are classified as social spiders. They weave a massive web which allows them to capture bigger or more prey than an individual spider’s web would.

Glittering Sapphire - Lasaia agesilas

Like all species of the genus, males of this neotropical butterfly of the species Lasaia agesilas (Riodinidae) have extremely reflective wing scales, shimmering in metallic turquoise, blue or steely grey. Females are rarely seen. They are generally a dull earthy brown color. Both sexes have a similar pattern of black spots. The undersides however are completely different, marbled in grey and white, and marked with black spots similar to those on the upperside.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Rubens Araujo | Locality: Monteiro Lobato, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2014)

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