Spider Weaves Fake Spider in its Web
Torres first noticed what seemed to be a fairly large spider sitting on its web. Upon further investigation, however, he discovered that what he was seeing was no spider at all, but instead a "decoy" spider made of bits of leaves, insects parts and other forest debris.
The real spider was a tiny creature hiding just behind the larger decoy. In theory, the decoy protects the actual spider from predators or other would-be attackers by catching their attention first. Other spiders in the genus Cyclosa weave debris into their webs for this purpose, but none weave detailed larger version of themselves like the spider described by Torres.
That could mean it's a new species altogether, which is pretty awesome.
Read Torres' full account here and check out his photo of the decoy. Amazing.
Photo by Phil Torres.
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