Do you know about the wraparound spider, this article will help you to know about the adaptability skills of creatures found in nature. It is often known as camouflage wraparound spider due to its look and adaptability with surrounding environment.
You are a wildlife photographer, wandering through a forest to photograph some wild creatures. You take a deep breath to remove the exhaustion and grasp a nearby tree for support.
What is Wraparound spider?
Suddenly, you feel a movement under your hands and to your surprise, a large spider neatly spun around the branch, it arches its back and moves away from you! You miss your best shot after facing the worst nightmare if you are an arachnophobe! (fear of spiders)
Normally, spiders are found everywhere, but finding a Wraparound Spider can be quite difficult. Nicknamed as ‘Wraparound Spider’, a species of spider found in Australia. The spider camouflage among plants and twigs in order to hide from predators and birds. At night it is busy spinning webs. This spider can blend itself into its background and has the ability to wrap itself with the twig.
The spider camouflage among plants and twigs in order to hide from predators and birds. At night it is busy spinning webs. This spider can blend itself into its background and has the ability to wrap itself with the twig.
Recently, the photo of the Wraparound spider was viral on Reddit, you need to constantly stare at a twig to identify the location of the Wraparound Spider. The rare species was found in the Rotary Park Rainforest Reserve Lismore, New South Wales. Its scientific name is regarded as the ‘Dolophones conifera’. What makes it different from others? The spider comprises of a cone-shaped on the upper surface of the abdomen.
The eight legged insect is a commonly seen in Australia, New Caledonia, Indonesia. The adult female is about 8 mm while males are relatively smaller and grow up to 4-5 mm. The wraparound spider belongs to the family of Araneidae.
Araneidae are the builders of wheel-shaped webs, commonly seen everywhere. The spider is not dangerous and may hurt if provoked. Of course, it is not considered as one of the dangerous spiders of the world as it it very silent in nature. The spider sleeps throughout the day while builds vertical webs between trees during the night.
Reasons Behind the Perfect Blend of the WrapAround Spider
The Wraparound or Dolophones conifera consists of a concave underbelly which adheres perfectly to the tree branch. The spider’s ability to hide in the plain sight can be understood by the fact that the outer skin can bear resemblance with the bark of the tree. The spider camouflages during the day to avoid predators and is busy spinning web in the night.
The camouflage spider are an easy prey of birds and hunting wasps during the day. Thus, it is a rest day during the day while nights are spent weaving webs.
Nature works wonders in its own way! Wraparound spider sustains itself in its environment by blending with the surrounding. Australia has the weirdest and scariest wildlife which you surely give you nightmares. The Wraparound spider is one of them, it is shy, peaceful and happy in its own pace. Experience such insects in their natural environment for an exciting wildlife expedition. Know about the deadly brown recluse spider!
When in Australia, make sure you don’t squeeze a Wraparound spider while resting your hand over a tree!