Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Indestructible Creatures No: 1


Well here we are at the first Indestructible Creatures post for 2018, this will be a regular Tuesday post this year.

Have you heard of the Himalayan Jumping Spider, they are just 1cm big and live way up on Mount Everest. They are thought to live higher up than an other animal, it is covered in thick hair and can manage for days without food and jumps from one wind-blasted icy rock to another as sure-footed as a mountain goat.

Even though spiders are meat eaters there are no other animals this high up, so they feed on dead insects such as flies and springtails that have blown up the mountainside in the wind.


Like most spiders the Himalayan Jumping Spider has eight legs and eight eyes but only six of their eyes face forward, they have two eyes on the side of their head that allow them to see behind them, what the hell.

17 comments:

CWMartin said...

If they are anything like the little jumping spiders we get, they'll need those back eyes to help figure out where they landed!

Rick Watson said...

Evolution is a strange and wonderful thing.

Chatty Crone said...

I never have heard of these creatures - and had no idea that some spider lived up in the Himalayan Mountains.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Amazing is that spider, the is always something somewhere in this world that cleans up the dead rubbish as small as those insects are.

Rita said...

Food must be awfully scare for the poor things. No wonder they need four eyes! :)

Al Penwasser said...

That spider? Yeah...that can stay up there.

Karen @BakingInATornado said...

I could have happily lived the rest of my life without ever having seen that picture and knowing that spider exists.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Jumping spiders creep me out, a little more then other spiders

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

That it is

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Me either but now we have

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Yes indeed

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I know must be hard going at times to find food

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Agreed

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I get that

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jo-Anne ... fascinating to find out about them - and no I didn't know anything about them or how high they lived ... amazing - cheers Hilary

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Thank you there are many amazing creatures in the world

Quirky Homemaker G said...

Can you imagine having to wait for dead food to blow up to you? I'm not a huge fan of spiders in general, but the jumping ones really freak me out, because you never know which way they're going to jump!

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