Spiders. Just the word strikes fear in the hearts of most of us! One rare spider with an unusual abdomen was found by a Chinese orange farmer named Li Wenhua. The spider is an ancient species, but there is little documentation about it. At first, Wenhua didn’t even think the creature was a spider at all!
But once he recognized it as a spider, he called his neighbors who all rushed over to have a look at the rare arachnid. Introducing the Chinese hourglass spider, or, in Chinese, Li shi pan fu zhu. Wenhua did an internet search to find out the name of this curious creature. Zhao Li, head of the Insect Museum of West China, confirmed that the spider is indeed the rare hourglass spider.