Scientists have discovered a spider that builds elaborate decoys and hangs them in its web deep inside the Peruvian Amazon. These decoys are made from larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Continue reading for one more picture and additional information.
These decoys are part of a defense mechanism that’s meant to confuse or distract predators. Biologist and science educator Phil Torres says: “It seems like a really well evolved and very specialized behavior. Considering that spiders can already make really impressive geometric designs with their webs, it’s no surprise that they can take that leap to make an impressive design with debris and other things”.