Spider with alien on back looks like creature from another planet
A spider with the face of an ALIEN on its back looks like a creature from another planet.
The vibrant arachnid, a type of orb-weaver, is more commonly known as an ‘Alien Butt Spider’.
Two ‘eyes’ on the spider’s back are used to confuse predators, who would expect them to be at the front.
The spider’s scientific name is Araneus praesignis – with praseginis being Latin for ‘outstanding’.
These creatures are widespread along Australia’s east coast, found in shrubs and trees, from open woodland to rainforests.
It was snapped by wildlife photographer Robert Whyte – an honorary researcher at Queensland Museum.
Robert, 59, who lives in a suburb of Brisbane, said: “The large black spots on the rear of Araneus praesignis are an adaptation for protection.
“By appearing as though they are the eyes of a much larger and possibly dangerous creature they seem to confuse predators.
“And not only by their size, but also by their location – predators would expect them to be at the front of the animal.
“This would help the spider escape by running off in an unexpected direction.
“For these spiders it’s unlikely the ‘eyes’ play much part in mate recognition and sexual selection.
“This is because orb-weavers have rather poor eyesight and are only active at night.”