Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Cyclosa Spider Web

Notes:

I don't think the one near the center is a spider. But it was a lovely web!




No species ID suggestions

10 Comments

PradeepSimon
PradeepSimon 5 years ago

Good one Malu :)

PradeepSimon
PradeepSimon 5 years ago

@ChunXing Wong Informative

namitha
namitha 5 years ago

Definitely an amazing decoy. Thank you for the info Chun.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 5 years ago

The decoys are usually meant for predators like birds and wasps so that they will have a hard time finding the real spider. As for the preys, I am still not sure how does it affect them. However, there is one scientific theory that I have read which mentioned that the spider web will reach out to the victim so even though the fly knows that there is a spider there, once it gets too near, the web will "reaches" out and trap the fly.

namitha
namitha 5 years ago

Thank you very much ChunXing, for the ID and the info. It is indeed a perfect decoy, it looks very much like a real spider. Why do they do that, doesn't it give the flies a heads up.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 5 years ago

It is the web of a Cyclosa spider.
Some species of Cyclosa spiders use their foods to create decoys of themselves.

namitha
namitha 5 years ago

Thank you very much Neena :)

Neena Lenin
Neena Lenin 5 years ago

Nice shot :)

namitha
namitha 5 years ago

Thank you Dilan :)

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

A wonderful creation............Excellent finding Namitha!!

Kerala, India

Lat: 8.71, Long: 77.13

Spotted on Nov 17, 2013
Submitted on Nov 26, 2013

Related spottings

Cyclosa Cyclosa spider Trashline orbweaver Spider Spider

Nearby spottings

millepede Swallowtail Moth Humboldtia brunonis Snail