newly discovered spider: decoy spiders

holy cats, you guys! even though i have spent the whole day laying on the couch, being ineffective (except for the part where i dragged myself to the doctor to learn that i have strep throat), i had to share this with you all! at one point in the past, this blog kind of celebrated weird animal wednesdays, right…?

okay, onto the spider. it was recently discovered in the peruvian amazon and is noteworthy because it piles debris onto its web in order to make a spider shape much larger than its own body.  some of the decoy spiders even have eight legs.  is this an example of self-awareness in an insect?

here is a video of its discovery:

you can read more about the arachnid itself here.




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