Spider builds giant decoy of itself

A Fake Spider Built By A Real One Phil TorresIt might be a completely new species--a very tricky new species. Don't be fooled: this isn't a real spider. It's a fabrication! A lie! It's a decoy spider built from twigs, leaves, debris, dead insects, and whatever stuff nightmares are made of. Researchers discovered the insect in (where else?) the Peruvian Amazon, and even though its decoy looks like a medium-sized spider that's about an inch across, the impressive fake was actually made by a tiny, tricky 5-millimeter spider. That spider behind the curtain is probably, the researchers say, a new species of Cyclosa, a genus known to pull similar stunts. But those creations are relatively un-spider-like--nothing at this level of detail. The smaller builder-insect even moves back and forth, giving the impression that the decoy insect is moving and, in the process, confusing predators into attacking the decoy instead. Now the researchers, who found the spider near the Tambopata Research Center, will go through the

Spider builds giant decoy of itself

A naturalist trekking in Peru has spotted a spider that builds a huge decoy doppelganger out of leaves and dead insects

Thu 20 Dec 12 from Newscientist

Possible new species of spider found that builds fake spider decoys

(Phys.org)—While traveling with a group of researchers in the Amazon rain forest this past September, biologist Phil Torres came upon a type of spider he'd never seen before. Upon closer inspection, ...

Wed 19 Dec 12 from Phys.org

Spider That Builds Its Own Arachnid Decoys Discovered

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 ...

Tue 18 Dec 12 from Wired Science

The astonishing fake spider - built as a decoy by another spider: How amazing Amazonian arachnid avoids attack

The artful arthropod crafts its decoys from dead insects, debris and leaves in what scientists suspect is a defence mechanism to avoid being eaten.

Thu 20 Dec 12 from Daily Mail

Amazonian spider builds decoys from the corpses of its prey

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, a potentially new spider species has been found. The new breed has a trick up one of its eight sleeves as well. It's Predator-like (the kind that hunts ...

Wed 19 Dec 12 from Dvice

Spider shows 3D printers what's what, sculpts giant replica of self

A likely new species of arachnid has been discovered with the astonishing ability to "print" an elaborate version of itself to scare away predators. Though other species in the Cyclosa genus ...

Wed 19 Dec 12 from Engadget

Spider discovered that builds its own decoys, makes them move

The Tambopata Research Center is located in the lowland tropical Amazon rainforest area of Peru inside the Tambopata National Park. It’s also a place where a research team believe they ...

Wed 19 Dec 12 from Geek.com

Spider creates its own larger decoys

Spiders are truly remarkable creatures, but some of them are absolutely unique! This time, biologists working in the Amazon have found a spider that builds elaborate replicas of himself from ...

Wed 19 Dec 12 from ZME Science

A Spider Builds Fake Spiders To Psych Out Predators

A Fake Spider Built By A Real One Phil TorresIt might be a completely new species--a very tricky new species. Don't be fooled: this isn't a real spider. It's a fabrication! A lie! It's a decoy ...

Tue 18 Dec 12 from Popular Science

Spider that builds larger spider decoys discovered, may be a new species

Biologist and science educator Phil Torres may have discovered a completely new species — a spider that builds detailed replicas of larger spiders to intimidate ...

Tue 18 Dec 12 from The Verge

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