Eight-Legged Cats and How They See

Carrhotus Spider

The common name for salticids is jumping spiders and many are indeed phenomenal leapers. However, jumping alone is not what distinguishes salticids from other spiders. What makes salticids special is their unique, complex eyes and acute eyesight, not leaping prowess. Salticids have large anterior medial eyes that give them an almost catlike appearance. No other … Read more

The Eye of The Fly

Calliphoridae - Blow Fly

Unlike humans, a fly has five eyes. Three simple eyes, with little more than an ability to distinguish light from dark and sense movement and two much larger, compound eyes. Compound eyes are a feature unique to Insects. Instead of a single lens, insects see the world as a composite diorama, through many hundred or … Read more