Spider creates "decoy" of self


30 Responses to “Spider creates "decoy" of self”

  1. Brainspore says:

    Oh shit the real spider is RIGHT BEHIND Y—

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      Clever girl.

    • corydodt says:

      That was my take on it as well. It’s trying to confuse VICTIMS, not predators.

      • No, the decoys serve to distract predators, as has been shown in other studies of species Cyclosa. Parasitic wasps target the fake, or fakes, and thus the real spider can get away. Its victims are tiny flying insects that get caught because they blunder into a web they can’t see; the spider pinata would do nothing for them.

    • tsoyptc says:

      okay… but HOW DOES THE SPIDER KNOW WHAT he/she LOOKS LIKE.???

      This demonstrates a degree of self-awareness beyond what I would have ever have attributed to a spider.

      this is unnerving. awesome. but *unnerving*

      [edited for spelling]

      • Sceadugenga says:

        The spider knows what it looks like the same way a leaf-mimic insect knows what a leaf looks like. The leaf-mimic insects that didn’t do a good enough job developing into a form that looks like a leaf were eaten up, and the spiders that didn’t do a good enough job mindlessly, mechanically producing a decoy didn’t get enough food to survive.

  2. Mitchell Glaser says:

    Really strange, as from the spider’s point of view it wouldn’t look like a spider. Kind of like the Nazca lines.

    • Jim Saul says:

      Maybe the decoy is for flying predators.

      • blindwanderer says:

        The Nazca lines, the spider effigy or both? Are the Nazca lines supposed to scare off condors, spirits, gods or aliens? Is the spider trying to scare off predators or is it worshiping the great spider god? One does wonder if only for the sake of suspending disbelief.

        I have to admit the resemblance to the Nazca lines struck me immediately. It either proves that given enough time, nature will produce anything, or that even simple creatures can produce art.

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      Maybe it’s more of an insignia; a coat of arms, if you will.

    • ocker3 says:

       So, the spider has no ability to move to a spot perpindicular to the web and review it’s work??

  3. If this is for real, it’s pretty astonishing.

  4. Nadreck says:

    Spidey did this way back in “Amazing Spiderman” #25 when he left behind a web-duplicate of himself trapped in the Spider Slayer robot to fool J.J.J.

    “Does whatever a spider can….”

  5. liquidstar says:

    The spider was once bitten by a radioactive human sculpter….

  6. Ian Wood says:

    Red squirrels do the same thing with mud and acorn shells.

  7. Finnagain says:

    That’s not debris.. That’s a spider ship! Looks like they got their scale messed up in transit.

  8. Aurvara says:

    Soon we’ll find out it was actually a couple of guys with a plank and some rope doing them during the night

  9. PathogenAntifreeze says:

    And we shall call it the Great Oz Spider.

  10. SedanChair says:

    Next they’ll find a spider that lures flies into a tiny hall of mirrors.

  11. oasisob1 says:

    Sadly, many will have to die before the new species is formally named. From the article (slightly paraphrased):

    “We think it’s a new species, but to be sure, we’ll have to cut of their junk and study it.”

  12. zotlerg says:

    I’m sure David Attenburough showed this on tv years ago.

  13. Stuart Hancock says:

    I’ve seen this one before.  In fact, there are four of them in my bathroom right now.

  14. Andrew Kay says:

    Does this mean spiders can count to 8?

  15. Ha…that is exactly what I said!

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