You’re Not Seeing Things, These Spider Butts Look Like Faces

The flashy abdomens of male peacock spiders may serve a very important purpose. This design on the abdomen of a peacock spider resembles the face of a mantis. Do you see it? (Image: © Jurgen Otto) AUSTIN, Texas — Male peacock spiders have the ultimate challenge to contend with when it comes to mating: The much larger females would rather kill and eat the male than have sex with him. But the males might have a clever trick up their sleeve, or abdomen, rather. New research presented at the Society…