Yomikikaseya Sachie, a native of Japan, was out in her yard last month admiring the spring flowers when she noticed a small critter that appeared to be quite delighted by the petals as well.
A little spider was sitting cozily on one of the blooms there.
Not just any spider, though.
There was something particularly uncanny about this wee arachnid.
The pattern on his body felt oddly familiar.
Upon closer inspection, Sachie realized it looked exactly like the face of an older gentleman — with a white mustache and a big, beaming smile.
He seemed happy to see her!
Sachie had the option to keep this endearing meeting to herself, but fortunately for the rest of us, she chose not to. Instead, Sachie used Twitter to inform others about the little spider with a manly face.
People are really enjoying it, too. Since then, Sachie’s tweet has received hundreds of likes and shares.
— 読み聞かせ屋サチエ (絵本) (@yomu556) April 3, 2018
Later, in a post about the encounter on her personal blog, Sachie identifies the spider as a “Kohanagumo” — a species from the genus Diaea, a type of crab spider.
The pattern on these spiders apparently vary from individual to individual, darkening as they mature. But a quick search online for more spiders like the one Sachie saw shows their markings are often strikingly face-like.