Photo: Pirate spider or alien, you decide

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Pirate spider
credit: Andreas Kay / Flickr

Our photo of the day comes from the rainforest of Ecuador.

We've seen plenty of creatures sporting a pair (or two) of fake scary eyes to ward off predators – many caterpillars and butterflies have found the adaptation particularly helpful for survival. But this pirate spider (Gelanor sp., Mimetidae) photographed by Andreas Kay takes it to the next level. I mean, this is straight up "take me to your leader" alien-style science fiction material. Mother Nature is a genius.

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