By Mark McConville
INCREDIBLE video footage has captured a mysterious and terrifying pulsating spider that has scientists scratching their heads.
The stunning video shows the tiny spider’s abdomen clearly moving as the spider itself remains still.
Other pictures and animations also display these pulsating movements which have scientists baffled.
The spectacular images and video were taken in Singapore by local macro photographer Nicky Bay (38).
“I have observed the distinct movements in the spider’s abdomen for years, and only got to film it up close recently when I had the equipment on hand at the time when I found it,” he said.
“Before that, all I had were still photos or simple animations to highlight the movement.
“The images are of the spiders from the genus Cyrtarachne, with animations displaying the pulsating movements within the abdomen.
“I waited for the spider to stay still and held the leaf in place with a clip to prevent any movements caused by the wind while filming it.”
Nicky has come up with various theories as to why this spider might be displaying this behaviour.
These include movement to attract prey, warning for potential predators or simply the movement of digestive fluids.
Since he published his footage online other people have come forward to suggest the spider could be mimicking the head of a snake, mantis or gecko as the pattern on the abdomen appears to resemble two eyes.
Despite the many theories, Nicky still has no idea as to the true reason and is yet to hear of a scientific explanation.
“I’ve been photographing spiders and insects for almost ten years due to my fascination with the micro fauna in the tropics,” he said.
“Tiny creatures created by nature look like aliens when viewed up close, and they are actually all around us.
“I like to discover new spiders and insects, and observe any undocumented behaviour. Don’t discount the little creatures around us.
“Every little critter has some role and reason for its existence, and there is lots to discover if we only looked close enough.”
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