If you have a friend, you should tell them about your projects. Friends are important. They help you with things, like moving furniture, or giving you awesome new animals for your blog. That’s how we got here today; my friend told me about a spider that builds itself new friends out of trash. That’s right, there exists a spider that literally builds a bigger spider out of debris. The word debris is spelled s-t-u-p-i-d.
See that little brown spot at the top? That’s the actual spider. The rest is super creepy skeleton of lies.
As far as I can tell, it doesn’t have a real name yet (it was just recently discovered within the last two years), but I’m going with the “Totally Rad Badass Spider That Makes Other Spiders From Hell Mark V. (TRBSTMOSFH Mark V)” Marks I through IV were not total failures, but we would appreciate it if you didn’t talk about them as much. The Mk. V is the new and improved TRBSTMOSFH, adding new capabilities like “bigger spider” and “more awesomer.”
The decoy spider will make a web, you know, like a spider, and then run around its little home collecting dust and leaf parts and whatever else to bring back and start piecing together some kind of Frankenstein-ian, corpse bride type of arts and craft project. Objectively, the idea is to make a decoy spider that looks bigger and therefore will be less likely to be eaten by bigger bugs. After completing the decoy, the spider will sit on top of its project and vibrate to make the husk appear to be alive and moving. That’s like making a giant statue of a person out of twigs and shit, then screaming to make it sound like its talking. Nobody is messing with the yelling giant twig man.
There is another spider who achieves a similar feat called the “Trash-Line Orb Weaver,” but these guys have never been observed making something with such detail. These NEW spiders make decoys with eight whole legs, and a fully formed body section of a spider. Pretty rad.
I did some digging (ok, I clicked one link) and I think the jury is still out on whether or not the decoy spider is a new species or just a spider demonstrating a new behavior pattern. You can read this blog post to view some more pictures and read more sciencey crap about genus’s or whatever, and can watch the video of the first time it was ever discovered, which is extra rad.
Does this totally freak you out or is it totally rad? Would you entertain a similar survival technique in the wild? Let me know in the comments below.
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