Why This Spider Has a Cartoonish Butt
A Pikachu-shaped abdomen may help this spider catch them all.
While conducting research in the jungles of Honduras, National Geographic explorer Jonathan Kolby stumbled across the closest nature has ever come to creating the cartoon's beloved Pikachu.
On the rear abdomen of the arrow-shaped micrathena, Micrathena sagittata, is a bright yellow marking with two long rear spikes that end with black tips. Slightly more menacing than the mild-mannered cartoon is another row of spikes, at the bottom of the Pikachu-like structure. The rest of the spider's body is a bright reddish color, almost resembling an ant.