Baby jumping spiders have vision that’s almost as extraordinarily good as the grown-ups’, Science Alert reports.
The baby spiders are only around a hundredth of the size of their parents. A new study reports that the tiny spiderlings have the same number of light-capturing photoreceptors into their four pairs of eyes as the adults do. The difference is in size, not number: baby spiders have smaller receptors, and they’re packed more closely together.
It helps to explain why very young jumping spiders can hunt down and catch prey just as well as older ones, and it could also could teach us more about the evolution of eyesight in animals and insects.