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Details delight on Kilauea tour

By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 09, 2014

~~<p>Even with a magnifying glass, the visitors could barely spot the unusual spider &mdash; just a quarter of an inch long &mdash; that was resting on a kawau (native holly) leaf in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.</p>
<p>Endemic to Hawaii, the happy-face spider sports a pattern on its body that resembles the broad smile of a clown. It belongs to the family of arachnids (Theridiidae) that includes the infamous black widow, but it doesn't have the toxic bite of its feared cousin.</p>
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Even with a magnifying glass, the visitors could barely spot the unusual spider — just a quarter of an inch long — that was resting on a kawau (native holly) leaf in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Endemic to Hawaii, the happy-face spider sports a pattern on its body that resembles the broad smile of a clown. It belongs to the family of arachnids (Theridiidae) that includes the infamous black widow, but it doesn't have the toxic bite of its feared cousin. IF YOU GO … Login for more...



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