peacock spider rainbow

We humans like to think of ourselves as the masters of design but sometimes Mother Nature shows us that we're really just amateurs. That's exactly what happened with scientists studying peacock spiders in Australia. After puzzling over how the tiny spiders produce colorful rainbow patterns on their butts, researchers decided to get to the bottom of it and discovered that the pint-sized arachnids are a true marvel of optical engineering.

Peacock spiders are incredibly small. You can fit a dozen or more of them on a single human fingernail, but despite their small size they are incredibly eye-catching creatures. Their butts are covered in colorful iridescent patterns, and while scientists know how to create material that reflects all the colors of the rainbow, they had absolutely no idea how the tiny spiders could achieve the same effect on such a microscopic level.

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Scientists have been trying really hard to figure out how this spider has a rainbow on its butt originally appeared on on Thu, 4 Jan 2018 at 12:28:46 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.