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Spider constructs a giant decoy of itself to lure predators

 

Run screaming! A fake decoy spider

Entomologists in the Peruvian Amazon have discovered a variety of Cyclosa spider that constructs a decoy of itself in its web to attract predatory insects.

 

The small spider is only about 5mm long, so it builds a decoy a full 5 times larger than itself, hoping to attract larger prey. The decoy is constructed of random debris from the web and spider silk.

 

Other types of Cyclosa do something similar, making fake insects and attractive blobs, but this is the first time that one has been found to create a clearly identifiable spider decoy.

 

They’re not sure it’s a new species yet. The collected specimens will have to be examined and compared to known Cyclosa before that declaration can be made.

 

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About beatnik woman

i am a "beat" poet and have had 3 u.s. tours and one of europe. i have authored 40 books of poetry and one novel "eenie meenie minee moe" on lulu.com -my work has been taught in soviet georgia and colleges around the country. i am having my second book published "noddy's bar and grill" i was co-publisher of "Alpha Beat Press" with my late husband Dave Christy. when i am not writing i watch movies and love to cook indian food.

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