Cyclosa
(Trashline Orb-weavers)

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Picture of Cyclosa (Trashline Orb-weavers) - Dorsal,Webs

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Trashline Orb-weaver (Cyclosa). The "trash" very closely resembled the spider in size, color and texture. It seems to be a clear case of mimicry.

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Fantastic photo! Yes, it is thought that the spider makes decoys of itself to confuse predators. I think it seems like a pretty weird thing for animals to do.

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