This is quite fascinating — a spider that builds fake decoys of larger spiders to scare off potential predators. There have been other decoy-building spiders discovered, but this is the first one to build decoys that even have legs on them. It is likely that this is a new species, though we’ll have to wait for the official verdict. Be sure to see the picture of the decoy at the link!
As if spiders weren’t bad enough, we have spiders that use debris to create spider-shaped decoys to scare away predators! Photo of the species in question’s handiwork:
Just kidding about the spiders being horrible thing, they are essential members of our ecosystems that we rely on for insect control.
Insect control and terrifying dreams.
A species of harvestman, known colloquially as a daddy longlegs, with a leg-span of over 12 inches has been discovered living in the caves of Laos.
The arachnid was collected by Dr Peter Jager, head of arachnology at the Senckenberg Research Institute, during breaks while filming a television series in Laos’ southern province of Khammouan.
According to Jager, the specimen has yet to be identified to species level. “In attempting to categorise the creature properly, however, and give it a scientific name, I soon reached my limits,” he said in a press release.
this spider with a wingspan larger than the hand of most NBA players.
PUT IT BACK IN THE CAVE.