I found this beautiful, pearlescent-tailed spider creating a web on the ground as we were walking up Mt. Gulaga (Mt. Dromedary). This is the surprise! Isn’t it beautiful! I had never seen anything like this spiders tail.
I looked it up and found that it is a “Sequin Spider” or “Mirror Spider” from the Thwaitesia family which are known to have reflective, pearlescent patches on their body.
I could’ve worn this spider like a jewel, a beautiful broach, if it didn’t mind so much!