A SPIDER THAT LOOKS LIKE A PLANT
Cyphalonotus sp. [spider]
Original post by Matthew Cobb at Why Evolution Is True
This fantastic picture was taken by Kurt, a nature/macro photographer based in Kuala Lumpur. What exactly it’s mimicking isn’t clear —it looks like a bit of honeysuckle flower to me. I initially assumed this was an ambush predator, but other photos by Kurt show that it spins a web (you can see the web underneath it), although it’s not clear whether that’s part of the deception or is used directly to trap prey.
To which Jerry Coyne, [Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago], adds:
[JAC: I suspect that its mimicry is that it looks like a bit of flower or vegetation caught in a web, and the mimicry could also act when it was “between webs.”]
Pictures via Flickr / sharing enabled.
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Species ID credit: Nicky Bay.