The ultimate lovely legs competition: the world’s nine most beautiful spiders

By Elle Hunt

This burrow-dwelling, blue-legged tarantula is turning heads – and there are plenty of other charismatic eight-legged friends out there

In case you missed the news in the latest journal of the British Tarantula Society, a rather lovely new spider with iridescent, electric-blue legs has been discovered. The burrow-dwelling spider [Birupes simoroxigorum] has reportedly been “feted by experts as one of the most beautiful spiders ever documented”, prompting the question: what are the other most beautiful spiders ever documented?

We asked Matthew Robertson, senior keeper of invertebrates at ZSL London Zoo, who gave the caveat: “The beauty isn’t the side that Read More