Fear of spiders will more than likely increase throughout the world now.
Why you ask? Because not only are spiders terrifying to look at … they are starting to get smarter too.
According to Raw Story, a unique spider was recently discovered at the Tambopata Research Center in the Amazon. This spider was spotted building larger-scale decoy spider shapes in it’s web.
The spider uses bits of leaves and dead insects to create these decoys to ward of predators.
Science educator and biologist Phil Torres is the man that discovered the spider.
Torres told Raw Story:
“I’ve seen a lot of weird things in the Amazon, but this one definitely stood out. It’s not yet certain that this is a new species — it really looks like it, and it probably is — but that’ll be confirmed soon. As far as the behavior, it’s definitely not something anybody else has seen.”
The finding was first published last week in Rainforest Expeditions.
Torres stumbled upon a web that had a bunch of debris caught in it (he thought), but upon closer inspection the debris appeared to be moving.
“Then we got closer and realized it wasn’t a spider at all. We looked behind the decoy and lo and behold, we saw this little spider guy shaking [his web] back and forth trying to act all tough. We realized then that this is really something special.”
According to Geek.com, the decoy’s creator was a 5mm-long spider that was positioned behind the larger decoy. The smaller spider was making the decoy move anytime it sensed a predator nearby.
The spider’s discovery is thought to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa.
Cyclosa species are already known for creating distractions or attractions from debris in their web for predators or prey to focus on. This, however, is thought to be the first time a spider has created an actual decoy spider for protection.
So far the research team has discovered 25 of these spiders around the Tambopata Research Center. Their proximity to each other suggests that this type of spider may only be found locally.
Further investigation is needed to determine whether or not this spider can be classified as a new species.