Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

I’ve discovered another superb photographer of arthropods: Melvyn Yeo, who has some amazing photos on his site. He calls himself a “just a hobbyist,” but, as you’ll see below, he’s selling himself way short. I’ll put up just three of his spider pictures to show you:

This one, Gasteracantha arcuata, has extreme sexual dimorphism: in this case females are large and ornamented, while males are drab and much smaller. Female above, male below (more information here):

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This crab spider imitates mimics a bird dropping (for more pictures and information go here):

The araneid spider Pasilobus sp. builds its web at night close to bushes and small trees.

The araneid spider Pasilobus sp. builds its web at night close to bushes and small trees.

And here’s a harvestman, with Yeo’s photo passed on by Bug Girl, who said on Twitter:

It’s not just scorpions that fluoresce under black light! Harvest men (daddy-longlegs or Opiliones) also glow.

Remember that although harvestmen are…

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