Thursday, 29 May 2014

Spiders Pose as Bird Poop to Evade Predators

By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer | May 29, 2014 11:57am ET

Many animals camouflage themselves to avoid being eaten by predators, but few are as strange as a spider that disguises itself as bird poop.

The orb-web spider's silver body and the white, silken, disclike decoration on its web give it an uncanny resemblance to bird droppings. The spiders may use this disguise to avoid being captured by predatory wasps, researchers say.

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