Friday, 2 November 2012

Cyclosa and the Bridge of the Dead

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Cyclosa octotuberculata is a small, spiky spider with a nasty, nasty habit.

We saw before how the Leaf Curling Spider hid away in a dead leaf placed in the middle of its web, thereby protecting itself from predators. C. octotuberculata does something sort of similar. It's just that one, dead leaf is not enough.

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C. octotuberculata lines up a whole strip of dead bodies and other debris in a line running down its web. It's a great bridge composed of the gutted corpses, the emptied exoskeletons of long gone prey. At its centre, the lady of the web stands camouflaged against her morbid creation as she awaits new building material.

Image: opencage.info
They live in Australia, Japan and probably a few other places I couldn't find out. Their Japanese name translates to "Trash Spider", so I guess my trash pillar would be composed almost entirely of chocolate bar wrappers.

8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

pretty cool engineering!

Comment1 said...

Ah! There's the bright side!

stregajewellry said...

Wow! This structure reminds me SO much of the Wamphyri homes in Brian Lumley's series. They too, were built of the bones and skeletons and still working parts of creatures the Wamphyri had killed. Amazing!

Comment1 said...

That's so cool! Or nasty. Or both.

ramireziblog said...

Beautiful and looking dangerous at the same time...

Crunchy said...

Nope, don't mind me, nothing to see here, just a giant flying column of corpses.

Comment1 said...

@ramireziblog: Yes! A lot spiders are really good at that!

@Crunchy: Haha! I guess having corpses strewn around the place is more fashionable for some animals than for others.

Glomerol said...

Boards of Canada.

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