December 28, 2012

Found: A Spider That Builds Own Spider Decoys

Nadia Drake, Wired


AP Photo

A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.

Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.

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TAGGED: New Species, Zoology, Spiders

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