Jan 30, 2007

UV Love

This may be of some interest to those of you hoping to cash in on the booming industry of jumping spider breeding. Per this article, a study done by the journal Science demonstrates that members of the cosmophasis umbratica species of jumping spiders can not only see UV light, but they also reflect the light off certain parts of their bodies. The presence of UV lighting turns out to be vital in the mating process.

Great. Now someone is going to add 'UV-infused jumping spider faces' to the list of aphrodisiacs, along with the spanish fly, tiger parts, sea urchins, sea horses, and rhino horns. Sorry, Mr. & Mrs. Jumping Spider, but you are pretty much doomed to extinction now.

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