The Elusive ‘Wrap-Around Spiders’ Seamlessly Camouflage Into Their Surroundings


WARNING: if you’re terrified of spiders, then this probably isn’t the post for you. But if you’re fascinated by how amazing nature is, then this is right up your alley. 

Known as wrap around spidersDolophones is a genus of spider that has mastered the art of camouflage. They’re found primarily in Australia (I mean, aren’t all deadly animals found in Australia?!) and Oceania. The genus contains 17 species known for their abilities to blend seamlessly into their surroundings during the day by wrapping themselves around twigs or flattening against tree bark.

Most wrap-around spiders have an upper abdomen shaped like an inverted disk, composed of smaller disks with slits in them. This allows the spider to perfectly wrap itself around branches during the day, fooling potential predators. When night falls, the spiders become more active, spinning webs in between trees.

Females typically measure about 9 mm in length with males significantly smaller at around 5-6 mm. They might spook you if you come upon one out the woods, but don’t worry—their venom doesn’t appear to be harmful to humans. Who needs venom when you can hide so easily? It’s incredible to see the patterns and colorations of the different Dolophones species and just how well they blend into whatever type of tree they’re hidden against.

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