Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One Tricky Spider...!

We haven't had a nature post in a while, so today is the day!

I found a video of a spider that should be in the circus. I hope that I never have one of nthese things in my yard, for sure! This thing is crazy, I tell ya!

Moroccan Flic-Flac Spider

When it comes to getting from point A to B in style, no spider does it quite like the Moroccan flic-flac spider (Cebrennus rechenbergi). This spider was discovered in Moroccan sand dunes in 2014 by German scientist Ingo Rechenberg. Like a trained circus acrobat, this spider is capable of propelling itself forward and backward through a series of somersaults when threatened or provoked, a feat that no other spider in the world has been found to share.

This little trick of the flic-flac does a great service in doubling its normal speed. This method of movement served as inspiration for Dr. Rechenberg to construct a robot that moves in much the same way, thus continuing the tradition of science looking to nature for insight. While his robot is nowhere near its final stages of development, Rechenberg plans to someday use it to survey the surface of Mars.

Despite it's funny name, this guy can really move! This article came from Listverse. What a great source for items like this!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Carpet guys are shampooing the wall to wall in Mom's house, so this is necessary.


Chickenmom said...

I HATE spiders - but amazed by the beautiful webs they spin.

linda m said...

That is really weird. Sure hope I never come across that one. However, spider webs fascinate me - they are so delicate yet super strong and have such intricate designs.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Bubba -
Gonna be a tough day for carpets to dry! Y'all take care and stay dry - and watch out for those flick-flacks! Good article!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
They do build some crazy beautiful webs. I run into them face first all the time!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
Spiders can sure build some pretty places to live, that's for sure!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Sis...
I talked Mom into not having the carpets done until next week. No reason to have them done while it's pouring rain, in my opinion.

Thanks for stropping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Wow, that spider really has a fast reverse gear!! And yes, if we take time to observe nature, we can learn quite a bit.