Spider Self-Portrait


From Wired:

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.

Scientists suspect the fake spiders serve as decoys, part of a defense mechanism meant to confuse or distract predators.

Posted by: DMartyr at 12:27 PM


1 That's what RINO'S are. They are meant to confuse or distract the Dems.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at January 04, 2013 12:59 PM

2 Moans softly to self "I HATE spiders"! Why is everyone showing something about spiders in the last 24 hours! Jeesh, that is such a graphic photo it should be below the fold.

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at January 04, 2013 02:28 PM

3 #2 Kitteh - Come on, admit it. A spider that sculpts an image of itself. That is cool.

Don't hate on the spider because its ugly. They are really beautiful creatures, in their own way.

Posted by: DMartyr at January 04, 2013 02:42 PM

4 Still moaning quietly to myself. Cool? It is frightening because that means it it might think! Did you think of that? You know a jaws type scenario. Yikes. LOL

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at January 04, 2013 03:55 PM

5 Mean Kitteh, don't be a wimp!

Posted by: Mark at January 04, 2013 05:01 PM

6 Eight legs. Is that right? It's the spider you don't see that gets you, Kitteh, not that one.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 04, 2013 06:28 PM

7 And I denounce myself.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 04, 2013 06:29 PM

8 LOL I am telling you Mark those spidys are wicked smart! Yeah, EROWMER the two legged ones are of immediate concern. Now, 4 a happy thought: Scientists say you are never more than 3 feet away from a spider at anytime. :)

Posted by: Mean Kitteh at January 05, 2013 12:58 PM

9 Seriously, MK, I am not a big fan of spiders or snakes, hominid or not. I haven't followed you on twitter, as I run a business and posting in the clear would kill half of it. Posting as Mark, won't allow me to advertise my business. I will sort this out sometime.

Posted by: Mark at January 05, 2013 02:38 PM

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