Face it, this lichen crab spider is pretty scary looking (Picture: bnps.co.uk)  Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/856355-meet-the-spider-with-a-human-face#ixzz1GOxEzZ26

lichen crab spider (Picture: bnps.co.uk)

A rare spider with human face- known as lichen crab spider has been spotted at a nature reserve in Wareham, Dorset.

Since 1890 only 41 one of them have ever been seen in Britain – and it’s not surprising, because they’re only the size of a 20p piece and blend into lichen on tree trunks, hence their name.

Wareham RSPB nature reserve worker Mark Singleton said: ‘This is the first one that has been found in Dorset in 35 years.

‘It is something of a rarity. If this were a bird, the queues would be stretching round the car park. But it’s not,  it’s a spider with a slightly amusing abdomen.

‘We found it in the electricity box a few feet from our work centre and got quite excited when we realised what it was.’

With its scary-looking face the spider – Latin name Philodromus margaritatus – looks like something from a B-movie, but it is in fact harmless to humans.

The spider can move at quite high speeds and uses its running power to chase its main food source – ants.

Needless to say, the little critter has caused a huge stir on the web.
(news source http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/856355-meet-the-spider-with-a-human-face#ixzz1GOwDRUy2)