This strange creature isn’t a spider or a dog, but it sure looks like both

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Bunny Harvestman – Imagine turning over a leaf and finding this little guy staring back at you.

My dear, you have… THE GRIM.

BY JILLIAN MOCK | PUBLISHED NOV 6, 2018 2:41 AM – for popsci.com

My cmnt: A much more detailed article and photographs can be seen here at the Daily Mail.

My cmnt: As a fan of the Harry Potter movies and stories I found this entertaining and weird.

My cmnt: I find J. K. Rowling to be a genius story-teller. To have conceived of and written this 7 volume series is remarkable. She has stated in interviews that the entire story was in her head before she wrote book one. I read each book first before giving them to my children. I will admit that her writing does get a bit tedious and the 700+ pagers could have been edited down. But who am I to criticize the success of these books and subsequent films? They were obviously written for young girls who like to read (Rowling has said that she is Hermione) and Rowling hit her target audience masterfully.

Want to learn something new and nightmarish today? There is an arachnid in the rainforests of Ecuador that looks like a big black dog’s head sitting on eight super-long yellow legs. Shivers.

As science writer Ferris Jabr pointed out when he tweeted the image, originally taken by scientist and photographer Andreas Kay, the dog head looks like something straight out of the third Harry Potter. (Sirius? Is that you?) The critter is formally called a Bunny Harvestman thanks to its rabbit-like ears. The bizarre body is only about as big as your thumbnail.

Harvestmen are in the same family as the docile daddy longlegs—an arachnid, but not actually a spider. These creatures are not venomous and have been around for 400 million years, before even dinosaurs roamed the earth, writes Kay in a post on the website Rumble. We don’t know why this harvestman has the yellow eyespots and ears that make it look like a mammal head—the actual eyes are below the spots—but it might be to look bigger and more intimidating to predators, writes Kay.

There’s a lot we still don’t know about the Bunny Harvestman, but there is currently no evidence that its appearance is an omen of death. But you still won’t forget that face any time soon.

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