Scientists finally find out what created these mysterious structures and who is the mystery architect behind these beautifully complex web-towers in Amazon… Image © Lary Reeves & Ariel Zambelich/WIRED
It’s a spider!
Entomologist Phil Torres and the research team, by keeping close tabs to forty of the small structures into the rainforest near Tambopata Research Center, in the Peruvian Amazon.
Phil Torres, said in wired:
“Half of the structures were built on cecropia trees. Many were on bamboo. A few were on leaves. And, most them appeared to be in clusters containing between two and six structures.”
By monitoring them for days, they managed to observe three spider-lings emerge from three separate towers!
They are elaborate egg sacs. The spiders have yet to be formally identified, but what is very unusual is that each structure harbors a single spider.
The mystery continues…
“Traditionally, the female will lay a bunch of eggs, wrap it up very well, sit, and protect it. This is kind of the opposite.”