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Spiders Disguise Themselves as Bird Poop

Min-Hui Liu et al., Scientific Reports

Spiders Disguise Themselves as Bird Poop

The orb-web spider uses a unique technique to avoid being eaten; it disguises itself as a pile of bird droppings, Discovery News reports. Dubbed Cyclosa ginnaga, the arachnid creates the look all on its own by adding white “decor,” such as carcasses and egg sacs, to its web. Researchers recently saw how effective the masquerade was after ruining several disguises with black powder. Wasps quickly noticed the spiders and gobbled them up, while those still sitting in white “bird poop” were ignored, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports.

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