Mystery WTF Is This Weird Web-Tower Thing? We Asked Around. No One Knows

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  1. pheelios

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    "Something in the Peruvian Amazon is making weird, intricate structures that resemble white picket fences surrounding an Isengard-like spire.

    No one has any idea who the mysterious craftsbug (fungus? spider?) is, or what the structure is even used for, excepting the fence part, which almost makes sense. Nobody, not even the scientists. We asked.


    The first of the fence-and-spire structures, spotted June 7.
    Troy Alexander, a graduate student at Georgia Tech, spotted the first of these structures on June 7. The little, seemingly woven fence was parked on the underside of a blue tarp near the Tambopata Research Center, in southeastern Peru. He later spotted three more of the bizarre enclosures on tree trunks in the jungle.,,"

    http://www.wired.com/2013/09/weird-weblike-thing/?mbid=social11521844
     
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    Spider That Builds Its Own Spider Decoys Discovered


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    A decoy spider hangs below its much smaller builder, suspected to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa. Photo: Phil Torres.

    "A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.

    Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.

    Scientists suspect the fake spiders serve as decoys, part of a defense mechanism meant to confuse or distract predators. “It seems like a really well evolved and very specialized behavior,” said Phil Torres, who described the find in a blog entry written for Rainforest Expeditions. Torres, a biologist and science educator, divides his time between Southern California and Peru, where he’s involved in research and education projects..."

    http://www.wired.com/2012/12/spider-building-spider/
     
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    very creepy...
     
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    Who?
     
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    Still no answers. :scratch:
     
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    It's all makeup and grunting.
     
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    I found something a little similar....

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    Blue Eyes Lacewing Eggs and Hatchlings
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    A-HA!!!!!! @Just Peachy


    The Mystery Silkhenge Spider



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    Go Deep Into the Amazon With Scientists Unraveling a Creepy Mystery

    "TAMBOPATA, Peru — We stepped off the boat and asked our driver to pick us up from the island at midnight. Then we headed off into the muddy dark, seizing our final chance to solve a mystery that had captivated scientists and the internet since early September. That’s when photos of the enigmatic fenced-in silk towers that had been spotted on this island, deep in the Peruvian Amazon, first went viral."

    http://www.wired.com/2014/01/fieldwork-in-the-rainforest/#slideid-585834


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    We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things


    "TAMBOPATA, Peru — After six months of speculation, we finally know what’s building these bizarre silk structures in the Amazon: a spider! But its precise identity is still a mystery that scientists are scrambling to solve as I write this."

    http://www.wired.com/2013/12/web-tower-mystery-solved/
     
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    One of the three hatched spiderlings. Photo: Courtesy Jeff Cremer/PeruNature.com
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    Tiny eggs.
     
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    I just find this interesting, I stumbled upon it during my search for the Mystery of the Web Tower-Thing.


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    This toad appears to be a fan of star wars... or is it using blinders...? or does it have giant ears...? or what is that sticking out of its mouth!?

    Look closely and you'll realize that this is a rare, and perhaps first, sighting of a cane toad feeding on a bat. Yes, this happened.
     
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    When I first saw the pics you posted, I immediately knew it was a spider. And upon refection, I feel that its little circular picket fence is just that. A fence to warn predators who might eat the eggs. It may fool the predator to stay away because the adult spider may be lurking to catch it if they disturb the silk web. At least those are my thoughts.

    Very interesting though. :)
     
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    I knew what this was and I don't like it one bit. :no: I love bats.
     
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    That's an outstanding hypothesis. :)