I’don’t know about you but I’ terrified of Spiders. Even if most of them are often quite harmless. Sure, they might do great things for the environment, but it is best they stay outside!
But learning about them is truly fascinating —especially this particular spider that was recently found by a Chinese orange farmer named Li Wenhua.
This particular spider is actually a member of an ancient species, and documentation of it has been limited. That’s why it’s so impressive that it was finally captured on camera!
The farmer initially didn’t think it was a spider at all, but some kind of ancient cultural relic.
After an internet search, Wenhua learned that the creature was a Chinese hourglass spider, or li shi pan fu zhu in Chinese. Which was confirmed by Zhao Li, head of the Insect Museum of West China. This has only been seen only six other times.
“The spider has very high value in scientific research. It is an extremely rare species in Sichuan.” Li said. “I had spend great effort trying to find it, but I didn’t see one.” This creature was just that elusive!
The oldest evidence of the Chinese hourglass spider, a kind of trapdoor arachnid, dates back to 2 B.C.E. It was mentioned in Er Ya, the oldest surviving Chinese dictionary.
The farmer is taking care of the spider for now, but he has decided that he’d sell the spider to a good home, provided the price and the conditions are right. Knowing just how rare this spider is, there are sure to be countless folks clamoring to adopt this unique-looking arachnid.
This spider is pretty creepy-looking, but it’s absolutely fascinating that something so rare has been documented. What an incredible moment for science!
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