Looking for spiders might not be high on everyone’s to-do list right now, but thanks to citizen scientists and an Australian arachnologist, seven new colorful species of the teeny-tiny peacock spider have recently been discovered. One spider even resembles a famous Vincent van Gogh painting.
“Meet Australia’s seven newest species,” Melbourne Museum arachnologist Joseph Schubert tweeted on Thursday. “Last year, I traveled the country collecting specimens of these new peacock spiders (some discovered by citizen scientists) and spent countless hours in the lab studying them. Some welcome news in tough times.”