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Q&A: New Spider Weaves Spider-Shaped Web

Wildlife biologist Phil Torres recently discovered a new species of spider in the Amazon that would take first prize at any costume party. This tiny five-millimeter-long spider builds a decoy spider around five times its size to scare off potential predators.

After describing his find on his blog, Torres sat down with Weird & Wild to share the story of how he came to find this new species of spider.

Q: How did you first spot this spider?

A: I was at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru (map), which is a ten-hour canoe ride from the nearest town. I was leading a rain forest expedition with a videographer, and one of them called me over and said “Hey, look at this. It looks like a dead spider.” We went over there and realized pretty quickly that something interesting was going on.

It looked like a spider that had been killed by a fungus—it had this flaky, evaporated look to it. But then the thing started moving, and we realized that there was something alive in there. There was another one near it with a similar design. We put two and two together and realized that this was a fake spider. There was a small spider living behind this fake spider constructed out of debris. (Also see Photos: World’s Biggest, Strongest Spider Webs Found.”)

Had anyone previously documented this spider?

After freaking out a bit, we took a bunch of pictures to really document what we had seen. I contacted Linda Rayor, one of my professors from Cornell who does a lot of spider-behavior research, and asked if she had seen anything like this. She said she hadn’t. She passed the photo around, and I contacted a few more places, and everyone said that no, they had never seen anything like it.

Talking to Dr. Rayor, we determined that this spider was probably in the genus Cyclosa, because they are also known to make structures in their webs, but the other decoys are a bit more simple.

decoy spider web picture
Trojan horse? A new species of spider hides behind a giant decoy it builds out of debris. Photo courtesy Phil Torres.

The decoy made by this new spider is much more detailed and difficult to construct because it has the body structure and the leg structure. The first decoy we came across looked really good—it had eight legs, and it really looked like a spider hanging in its web. But we saw other decoys that had four legs, or seven legs, or other numbers. From afar, though, they all really look like spiders, and it’s probably enough to fool predators.

So is that the purpose of the decoy? To confuse predators?

From what we know about other Cyclosa, yes. If you’re a big predator looking to feed on a big spider, you might get close and realize that Oh, there’s only a small spider there that’s not worth the effort. A smaller predator looking to eat a small spider would see the decoy and think it was trying to go after a much bigger spider. (See Largest Web-Spinning Spider Found.”)

The variation in decoy leg numbers could mean that the system is still evolving and is not quite perfect. It could also mean that the variation is beneficial—a lot of times, predators can learn patterns very quickly. If they only made one type of decoy, the predators could learn to associate the real spider with the decoy.

What needs to be done to establish this as a new species?

I need to collect specimens and send them to an expert on Cyclosa. Literature will be examined to see if the spider can be identified based upon its morphological characteristics. If it can be identified, it is likely not a new species, but if it can’t be identified then we are dealing with a new species. The key is to compare certain physical characteristics, like the male genitalia, to determine the species’ status.

Carrie Arnold is a freelance science writer living in Virginia. When she’s not writing about cool critters, she’s spending time outside, drinking coffee, or knitting.

Comments

  1. barry yudaken
    Saco, Maine
    January 20, 1:38 pm

    Call it the Thespian spider. It puts on a fine act.

  2. Jordan
    Brooklyn, NY
    September 23, 2013, 6:20 pm

    The Self-Portrait Spider. The Extra-Large Self-Portrait Spider.

    …I think decoy spider is a good name, if you are *sure* that decoy is the purpose of the artwork.

  3. Priscella Monterroza
    United States
    September 11, 2013, 9:47 am

    It didn’t just do the large spider, it also did the picket fence! So I would call it the Spider Artist, Artistic Spider, or the Artisan Spider, because it’s artwork is awesome!

  4. Marianne Detmers
    Netherlands, Zeist
    September 9, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Wizard of Ozspider or
    Fake spiderspider

  5. gribblefluff
    london
    August 6, 2013, 7:48 am

    I think the spiders name could be little willy or, big car syndrome!

  6. sallyvision@yahoo.co.uk
    london
    August 6, 2013, 7:43 am

    I think the spider could be called little willy, or, big car syndrome!

  7. MaryBeth Dailey
    Atlanta, GA
    July 1, 2013, 8:54 am

    I like Puppeteer spider! Great idea up there. This was a cool video!

  8. JIK
    somewhere over the rainbow
    May 1, 2013, 10:20 pm

    “That’s some”…spider

    How about the Charlotte orb? (and wont Wilbur be proud?)

    :)

  9. Heidi
    Georgia
    March 26, 2013, 8:17 pm

    The Di vinci Spider,
    The Rembrant Spider
    The van gogh

    etc

  10. Linda
    Texas
    March 2, 2013, 8:00 pm

    chameleon spider
    sheilded spider
    small spider syndrome
    superman spider

  11. Linda
    Ft. Worth, Texas
    March 2, 2013, 7:57 pm

    “the little spider syndrome”
    Superman spider
    Shielded spider
    Chameleon sepider

  12. Yensi Ferrufino (9)
    San Diego, CA
    February 1, 2013, 11:09 am

    You should name it DECOY spider.

  13. Carrie
    Chicago
    January 31, 2013, 10:28 am

    Phantom Spider =)

  14. Marirosa
    Puerto Rico
    January 31, 2013, 8:53 am

    I would definitely go with ” Decoy spider” . Good job, guys! Congratulations! :)

  15. Dennis Angelov
    Bulgaria
    January 29, 2013, 9:11 am

    My second suggestion is Itsy Bitsy Spider :D

  16. Lochie
    Sydney, Australia
    January 29, 2013, 5:29 am

    I think it should be called ‘the Clone Spider’ or the Spideroid.

  17. mario
    January 28, 2013, 10:00 pm

    i think the name for the spider should be out cast spider

  18. zealin glickrieman
    berkeley, ca, usa
    January 28, 2013, 4:37 pm

    The Amazon Deceiver Spider
    or
    The Sculptor Spider

  19. Sarah Brown
    January 28, 2013, 12:41 pm

    My son came up with the name “Mentior” from the Latin to fake

  20. Robert
    Uniondale
    January 28, 2013, 5:04 am

    How about the Ghillie Spider.

  21. Guy Dalziel
    London, England
    January 28, 2013, 4:44 am

    I’d like to throw in the name ‘Cyclosa artifice’.

    I love spiders and I think they’re absolutely fascinating creatures. They the best predator on this planet. This is certainly one for the books.

    Considering the amount of variation in the decoy forms, I’m guessing that this particular spider just got lucky and just happened to make 8 legs. However, if there’s a strong process of natural selection, then the 8 leg form should certainly become more dominant.

  22. Jeremy
    Flagstaff, AZ
    January 28, 2013, 4:05 am

    Shadow Weaver…

  23. Simon E Jepps
    England
    January 28, 2013, 1:10 am

    My suggestion: The MANNEQUIN Spider. After all this is the precise definition of building an artificial construct of yourself.

  24. t swink
    charlotte nc
    January 27, 2013, 7:27 pm

    Bizarro Spider

  25. Kathy Bishop
    United States
    January 27, 2013, 3:39 pm

    Call him Charlie.

  26. Al Hill
    Ontario, Canada
    January 27, 2013, 12:39 pm

    January 27,12.38pm I think the simple and most obvious name would be “The Cloaked Cyclosa”

  27. Maitiú Ó Coimin
    Baile Átha Cliath, Ireland
    January 27, 2013, 12:35 pm

    The Marionnette (spelling?) Spider?

  28. The Tobster
    London, UK
    January 27, 2013, 11:54 am

    I think the “Duplicator Spider” would be an epic name as it tries to make a bigger copy of itself out of debris.

  29. Michele Glover
    United States
    January 27, 2013, 10:53 am

    I vote for Trojan Horse Spider!

  30. Skai
    Singapore
    January 27, 2013, 8:56 am

    Artisan Spider?

  31. Ruth Bivins
    New Zealand
    January 27, 2013, 5:24 am

    Puppeteer spider: It’s like he builds a marionette, then puts on a show with it. But to what purpose, exactly?

  32. Sam Harris
    Walla Walla, WA
    January 27, 2013, 2:19 am

    the Chuck Close Spider (or simply Close Spider)

  33. Sam Harris
    Walla Walla, WA
    January 27, 2013, 2:17 am

    the Rodin Spider
    the Philosopher King Spider
    the Gestell Spider (or Enframing Spider)
    the Vincent Spider

  34. Noelle Warwar
    Sydney
    January 27, 2013, 12:34 am

    If we didn’t know any better one could be forgiven for suspecting self awareness. Therefore i have to suggest ‘ego spider’. Btw, I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the video presenter as much as I did the discovery!

  35. mikael
    singapore
    January 26, 2013, 10:17 pm

    it’s so cool…i would call it the illusion spider

  36. Alejandro
    United States
    January 26, 2013, 7:57 pm

    narcissus arachnid

    Because it loves itself so much it creates its self image.

  37. Blu
    Wear palm beach
    January 26, 2013, 5:31 pm

    I would name this awesomeness a “Morphous Spider”! Yep! Bad to the bone.

    Blu

  38. N.G.
    Canada
    January 26, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Swindler Spider
    David Copperweb
    Manti Te’o.

  39. Karen
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    January 26, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Metarachnid.

  40. Pier
    LithiaSprings
    January 26, 2013, 12:25 pm

    I think we shuold call it the CONCEALER, because it coneals it’s identity, are call it the CLOAK because it Use the design of a lareger spider to cover it’s real indentity.

  41. Nathalie
    Ottawa
    January 26, 2013, 9:12 am

    Mimicus aranea
    Or
    Ethologus araneus

  42. Matías Córdoba
    Buenos Aires Argentina
    January 26, 2013, 6:45 am

    Wow! this is amazing! Congratulatios and thanks for the piece of infomation. I don’t know the species, I was so excited!

  43. kahfi mubarok
    kudus, Indonesia
    January 26, 2013, 12:51 am

    i call a “white spider” or “laba-laba putih”

  44. Betty Bradford
    Milwaukie OR
    January 25, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Fascinating. Perhaps Skeuomorphic Arachnid

  45. J
    Australia
    January 25, 2013, 10:39 pm

    Masquerade Spider

  46. hendra
    Indonesia, West Java
    January 25, 2013, 9:54 pm

    Jodhy Spider

  47. Oka Last
    Suffolk, UK
    January 25, 2013, 5:38 pm

    How about The Deceiver … nature is amazing!

  48. Carrie Arnold
    January 25, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Okay, wow! These are so fantastic–if you have any more ideas, please share. You never know if you might end up picking the same name that the scientists end up using!

  49. Bruce
    USA
    January 25, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I have briefly scanned thru the previous posts. There is some excellent suggestions! My first thought was “The Pretender Spider”.

  50. Alice 5yrs
    January 25, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Invisible/cloak spider

  51. Zachary (7yrs)
    January 25, 2013, 2:20 pm

    Copier spider/xerox spider

  52. Alice (5yrs)
    England
    January 25, 2013, 2:19 pm

    Invisable spider

  53. David Smith
    Essex, UK
    January 25, 2013, 2:01 pm

    My immediate thought was avatar spider – but it’s already been suggested by Michael Lake of Toronto, Canada above – so I second his suggestion…

  54. Bob Nelmes
    Prince George, BC, Canada
    January 25, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Smart!

  55. Korby Bohannon
    United States
    January 25, 2013, 1:29 pm

    The “Charlatan-Arachnid” or the “Nominal-Spider.”

  56. Ryc Stine
    Virginia
    January 25, 2013, 12:47 pm

    the ‘Carly Simon’ spider.

  57. crista thomas
    Burnsville, NC
    January 25, 2013, 12:17 pm

    I would call him; “mimickme” spider

  58. Shony
    Vancouver BC Canada
    January 25, 2013, 11:36 am

    Amazing, how I love nature, thank you… Here are a few name suggestions:

    1. The Ghosting Spider.
    2. The staging Beaver Spider.
    2. The Wishful Spider.

    Cheers

  59. Maarten De Koster
    Belgium
    January 25, 2013, 10:27 am

    Doesn’t this indicate a level of self-awareness the likes of which we would never have associated with a tiny spider? I mean, to realize what you look like, and to reconstruct it… I don’t think there’s any other creature in the world that does this, other than humans.

  60. chris
    bar harbor me
    January 25, 2013, 9:36 am

    the spider is kool, but who ever was the camera man, SUCKED! you really couldnt see the spider cuz he didnt sit still or get a really good shot of it! ya’ll need someone better to film for you if your going to be filming any new animals or anything, that was like a rookie camera man! that was horrible!

  61. Michael Lake
    Toronto, Canada
    January 25, 2013, 9:33 am

    Puppeteer Spider (because it manipulates the ‘puppet’ version of itself)

    Geppetto Spider (after the ultimate puppeteer)

    Michelangelo Spider (after the greatest *human* sculptor)

    Avatar Spider (because it build a self likeness)

  62. Than Saw
    London, The United Kingdom
    January 25, 2013, 9:32 am

    Am I allowed to add one more names “The Holographic Spider”. to the first two names, “Dennis Gabor Spider” or “Gábor Dénes Spider” which were posted on 24 January 2013?

    Thanks and apology for coming back to you. The evolution of this artistic spider intelligence is so exciting.

    Previous Comment on
    January 24, 10:07 pm
    My proposal is either “Dennis Gabor Spider” or “Gábor Dénes Spider” also to honour the Hungarian-British physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971 “for his invention and development of the holographic method”.

  63. alex rossell
    January 25, 2013, 9:01 am

    Camera work was a bit off. Too many lights into the lens.

  64. Paul Shelley
    Ireland
    January 25, 2013, 8:52 am

    I think the Doppleganger Spider would be the perfect name, it creates a spooky character for a really creepy arachnid.

  65. ajay varma
    India
    January 25, 2013, 7:49 am

    I wld suggest a name ‘mithya’……meaning unreal……:)

  66. Daniel P Rego
    Rio de Janeiro Brazil
    January 25, 2013, 7:22 am

    The most obvious name for this would be “Decoy Spider”, but i liked the michelangelo spider idea too, because doing that is ART

  67. Dennis Angelov
    Bulgaria
    January 25, 2013, 6:41 am

    My suggestion – The Trickster

  68. Felipe
    Chile
    January 25, 2013, 6:29 am

    Trojan Horse Spider would be an amazing name :)

  69. jesse daugherty
    whitehall, ohio
    January 25, 2013, 6:18 am

    i say you call it the doppleganger spider!

  70. Ants
    January 25, 2013, 4:26 am

    Why I think Puppeteer or puppet master would fit.
    1) This decoy is theoreticali spider puppet.
    2) They move it using web-strings like we do with puppets (puppets used in theater that have strings attached so could be moved without showing human moving it.

  71. Nicky Possemiers
    Brecht Belgium
    January 25, 2013, 3:56 am

    I would call him the skeleton spider !

  72. AHMAD ALJUBARA
    United States
    January 25, 2013, 3:39 am

    Nice!!
    eighty spider

  73. Lana Ellis
    Half Moon Bay, California
    January 25, 2013, 3:08 am

    Amazonian
    Trojan horse spider

  74. Lana Ellis
    Half Moon Bay, California
    January 25, 2013, 3:04 am

    Decoy spider

  75. Ben Allman
    UK
    January 25, 2013, 3:00 am

    Interesting find!

    How about Spectre Spider?

  76. Alicia
    January 25, 2013, 2:55 am

    Should call it the ‘Wicker Man’ spider

  77. Kate
    Davis, CA
    January 25, 2013, 2:48 am

    Projector spider!

  78. Ants
    Estonia
    January 25, 2013, 2:35 am

    Puppeteer Spider, lol. I heard some other Cyclosa-s even vibrate theyr web (when feel threatened) so puppet/decoy even seems to move 0_O

    I,m sure its Cyclosa and also that in time we see more very interesting ones discovered of this spieces.

  79. nathanael gage
    salt lake city, utah
    January 25, 2013, 2:30 am

    blotch spider

  80. Gizzy
    January 25, 2013, 2:23 am

    Decider, little mix of decoy and spider

  81. Cindy m Cain
    Wisconsin USA
    January 25, 2013, 2:12 am

    I think you should call it the Copycat Spider.
    Or the Mirrored Spider.
    Or how about the Kangaroo spider, since it’s trying to hide itself within it’s own species?

  82. Toby
    Germany
    January 25, 2013, 1:40 am

    nice….this little critter is a puppet master, as it seems.

  83. Dreau
    Phils
    January 25, 2013, 1:31 am

    For the much-deserved credit:

    Torres Trickster Spider

  84. Peter Triadopoulos
    Canada
    January 25, 2013, 1:29 am

    Call him “Fantum Spider” (Phantom Spider)

  85. Nichole Ramsey
    middletown ohio
    January 25, 2013, 1:23 am

    I’d name him possum spider. Faked u guys out.

  86. Nichole Ramsey
    middletown ohio
    January 25, 2013, 1:21 am

    Id name it possum spider! Great video.

  87. Mark Gray
    Perth Western Australia
    January 25, 2013, 1:17 am

    Interesting find it is always good when something new is discovered, In the video an orb weaver was mentioned so what about a Clone Weaver

  88. Kenneth Dawson
    Minot, ND
    January 25, 2013, 1:02 am

    so this spider is aware of what it actually looks like? kinda crazy! sounds like something from a Crichton novel! imagine if it learns what the predators of it’s predators looks like and starts weaving those into webs… hmmm….

  89. Will
    January 25, 2013, 12:54 am

    Gotta give Dentin some credit for catching that all on film. Everyone should to subscribe to his awesome channel linked at the top.

  90. andrei
    Bucharest
    January 25, 2013, 12:53 am

    good job.
    something else for humans to destroy …..

  91. Thomas Story
    January 25, 2013, 12:46 am

    Or Krang – like the brain that controls the shell of a body from TMNT.

  92. Jake Markgraf
    Minnesota Spider
    January 25, 2013, 12:43 am

    The Waylay Spider

  93. Jodi Foster
    United States
    January 25, 2013, 12:39 am

    I hate spiders but am fascinated with them. Here are a few name ideas for the spider:
    Harmonic
    Pulsator
    Vibe-spide
    All these due to the fact that is vibrates the web.

  94. James Hung
    San Diego, CA
    January 25, 2013, 12:21 am

    This is super cool! Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz, who has a scary front but is actually just a little dude.

  95. Arnaud
    FRANCE
    January 25, 2013, 12:14 am

    I just wonder what is the benefit for a small spider to look bigger in its net ? Wouldn’t that warn other insects to get trapped in the net ?

  96. esme
    moscow,idaho
    January 25, 2013, 12:07 am

    mosiac spider sounds nice

  97. Abdullah
    EARTH
    January 25, 2013, 12:05 am

    “The likeness of those who choose other patrons (protector, helper) than Allah is as the likeness of the spider when it takes unto herself a house, and lo! the frailest (weakest) of all houses is the spider’s house, if they but knew. (41) Lo! Allah knows whatever thing they invoke instead of Him. He is the Mighty, the Wise”. “Qur’an” 29:41

    Great Job :)

  98. Jake Richmond
    United States
    January 24, 2013, 11:55 pm

    Pretty Wicked….Id call it the marionette spider…

  99. Thomas Story
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    January 24, 2013, 11:41 pm

    Marionette Spider

  100. alrey escudero
    philippines
    January 24, 2013, 11:38 pm

    how about the brainy spider???

  101. Amber Magaw
    West Virginia, USA
    January 24, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Decoy Spider, Amazonian Decoy Spider, Imitation Spider, Amazonian Imitation Spider, Trojan Spider, Amazonian Trojan Spider, Trojan Decoy Spider, Trojan Imitation Spider.

  102. Tim
    San diego
    January 24, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Yolo spider?

  103. ervin rizal
    January 24, 2013, 11:31 pm

    sinister spider ,i hope you like that

  104. Cara Frazier
    Texas, United States
    January 24, 2013, 11:31 pm

    The Pseudo Spider

  105. DAki23
    belgrade
    January 24, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Its awsome i would call him a decoy-spider or slender-spider

  106. Peter Bouvier
    United States
    January 24, 2013, 11:10 pm

    The Doppelgänger Spider.

  107. Patrick
    SF, CA
    January 24, 2013, 11:07 pm

    The i-spider

  108. Patrick
    San Francisco
    January 24, 2013, 11:06 pm

    the I spider

  109. John Miranda
    United States
    January 24, 2013, 10:52 pm

    Pearl B. would like to offer the name: Trickster Spider

  110. Nicky P W
    January 24, 2013, 10:47 pm

    Spiderception.

  111. Nathaniel L. Hepowit
    Gainesville, Florida
    January 24, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Mummy Spider

    Mask Spider

    Mimic Spider

  112. Matthew Maksimoski
    East Lansing, Michigan, United States
    January 24, 2013, 10:31 pm

    This is awesome! I’m a zoology student and I’m continually amazed by the awesome things that the animals we’re discovering every day can do. As for a name, I like the Puppet Spider. Hope to hear more from you guys as you make more progress on speciation!

  113. Matt
    New Jersey
    January 24, 2013, 10:25 pm

    I like the names “effigy” and “decoy”.

    Another idea is “surrogate” or “substitute” spider

  114. Eileen
    January 24, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Trojan Spider

  115. Mario Cruz
    Los Angeles Ca
    January 24, 2013, 10:23 pm

    I would call it goliath spider

  116. POST
    EARTH
    January 24, 2013, 10:21 pm

    Naruto spider

  117. Dex
    UK
    January 24, 2013, 10:15 pm

    Doppeler splder.

  118. Than Saw
    London, The United Kingdom
    January 24, 2013, 10:07 pm

    My proposal is either “Dennis Gabor Spider” or “Gábor Dénes Spider” also to honour the Hungarian-British physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971 “for his invention and development of the holographic method”.

  119. Debbi Brewer
    San Marcos, CA
    January 24, 2013, 10:03 pm

    cloning spider or cloned decoy spider

  120. Manuel Ching
    Canada
    January 24, 2013, 10:02 pm

    what about naming it “Shadow Caster”? like when someone casts a humongous shadow on the wall?

  121. Kory
    BC Canada
    January 24, 2013, 10:02 pm

    Mimic Spider

  122. Starlene
    Anderson Ca
    January 24, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Decoy would be good

  123. Rocky Castaneda
    United States
    January 24, 2013, 9:56 pm

    Mascot Spider :D

  124. candido
    January 24, 2013, 9:56 pm

    Cloner Spider

  125. candido
    houston
    January 24, 2013, 9:55 pm

    DaVinci Spider

  126. Janie C. Stege
    Kapuskasing Ontario Canada
    January 24, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Call it the ” SHIVER SPIDER ”
    Wonder why spider moves like this on its web?
    Is he trying to allure other insects to his web to eat or trying to keep other insects from attacking him!
    Is this spider dangerous? He does not have a perfect weaved web, any reasons as to why. How does he keep is illusional spider from falling or breaking up in his web?

  127. David Gaunt
    Kingston On Canada
    January 24, 2013, 9:51 pm

    I would name it the Loki spider, after the Norse “trickster” god.

  128. ef
    manila
    January 24, 2013, 9:50 pm

    how about carrie deception finder.. carrie c/o the poster and also the spider carries debris to deceive..

  129. Rich
    Fresno, CA
    January 24, 2013, 9:49 pm

    This is pretty awesome. You should call it a Decepticon Spider if it turns out to be a new species. Arachnid Deceptio for the Latin version. Transformers + spiders = awesome….er :)

  130. William Spheres
    Vancouver Island B.C. Canada
    January 24, 2013, 9:48 pm

    What a cool thing you have done here I believe it should be called the Scarecrow Keeper Spider.

  131. n. sickles
    seacoast, NH
    January 24, 2013, 9:48 pm

    snare spider, or the temptress spider. My favorite being the latter of the two.

  132. Sam
    Kansas City
    January 24, 2013, 9:47 pm

    Okay, so, this spider has proven that it knows its own body’s composition, has it not? Does this not prove that this spider is self-aware?

  133. BJ Bancroft
    Rochester, NY
    January 24, 2013, 9:46 pm

    Maybe Doppelganger Spider?

    I love Effigy Spider, good call.

  134. marek
    Ceska republika
    January 24, 2013, 9:46 pm

    Krásnej pavoucek :D

  135. Paul Moreno
    Louisville/St.Matthews
    January 24, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I would name it the Monet Spider for it’s impressionist capabilities.

  136. dennis lau jakobsen
    Danmark
    January 24, 2013, 9:43 pm

    NICE!!! Captatrix spider, is at god name, captatrix Means pretender in Latin.

  137. Kenneth Cole
    Alabama USA
    January 24, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I like the name xdrfox came up with Michelangelo spider or Sue Lawrence’s suggestion “portrait spider” which is a pretty cool name to.
    Being a photographer I also like “The Image spider”

    Whatever name ya’ll pick, I would hope that it would be more of a title then a name because it’s a rather cool unique spider deserveing of title and lands from King and Nations! Well done gentlemen!!!

  138. Raghu
    January 24, 2013, 9:36 pm

    How about “Artist Spider” ?

  139. Maria M
    Italy
    January 24, 2013, 9:29 pm

    It’s very interesting, especially his reproduction of a biggest spider. This demonstrate that they have a really great strategy of surviving. I was thinking at Mimic-spider. Congratulations!

  140. Matt McClure
    Waterford, Mi.
    January 24, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Ooohh ..The “Marionette Spider” ..that would make alot of sense too the way he menipulates it with the strands

  141. Angie
    MD, USA
    January 24, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Amazing! His name should be Trojan Spider of course.

  142. Sarah Green
    Canada
    January 24, 2013, 9:27 pm

    I was actually thinking that it should be called the “Decoy Spider”, or even “Shadow Spider”.

  143. Hamid
    rensselaer ny
    January 24, 2013, 9:26 pm

    Amazing … I would call it Collage Spider

  144. Blake
    Oklahoma
    January 24, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Name it the scare crow spider or the ersatz spider.
    Maybe call it xerox spider

  145. Matt McClure
    Waterford, Mi.
    January 24, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Name it after an artist (sculpture) Michaelangelo etc. or maybe the sphinx spider in that it construct an image.

  146. Robert
    Mssachusetts, US
    January 24, 2013, 9:21 pm

    The Mighty Oz Spider
    First thing that popped into mind was this little guy thinking he’s scaring you off…lol

  147. Steven D'Ambrose
    USA
    January 24, 2013, 9:20 pm

    Doppelganger Spider.

  148. Ashley Chambers
    DFW TX
    January 24, 2013, 9:18 pm

    It should be called the meme spider. :) It’s modern but catchy so maybe you could get more people to talk about it!

  149. Chelsea
    Canada, b.c.
    January 24, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Hi i’m 14 from b.c. and I believe this spider should be called Leonardo spider, because it seems to create a “Painting of itself” As Leonardo did once. Another name I was thinking would be good is Mimic Web spiders. As it creates a mimic of a spider in its own web. Quite an ironic spider though. Amazing find.

  150. Al
    January 24, 2013, 9:15 pm

    I like the name…Trojan Spider !

  151. Ramona
    USA
    January 24, 2013, 8:05 pm

    A name such as: Salvador Dali, Dali was quite the character and his paintings reflect that.

  152. Ron Rodgers
    California USA
    January 24, 2013, 5:41 pm

    How about the Masquerade Spider?

  153. Megann McCowan
    MB, Canada
    January 24, 2013, 5:02 pm

    Great article, I was thinking the Beguile Spider ?

  154. Carrie Arnold
    January 24, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Thanks for your comments, everyone! A lot of you have given suggested names for the new spider—please keep them coming!

  155. Marian Schwarzenbach
    United States
    January 24, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Fascinating–spiders can count! And they’re artistic and plan ahead logically! We had a giant Hobo spider that suddenly rolled over and played dead very dramatically. A few seconds later it had grabbed a “dust kitten” to hold in its legs as it played dead.

  156. Class 2B
    Quebec City, QC, Canada
    January 24, 2013, 9:52 am

    We are a grade 2 class who has just been amazed by your video. We think that a cool name for the spider could be the Ghost Spider. Thank you for sharing your discovery.

  157. Wolfe
    Yukon, OK
    January 24, 2013, 8:16 am

    Mosaic Spider

  158. xdrfox
    FLORIDA USA ... http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/4/882/stories.html
    January 24, 2013, 7:57 am

    Michelangelo spider

  159. Mohammed Allan
    AMMAN JORDAN
    January 24, 2013, 3:27 am

    Amazing discovery ! I would call him the Clown Spider :)

  160. Chase Johansen
    United States
    January 23, 2013, 9:07 pm

    Wow! I think a good name would be the brown-backed mosaic decoy spider or just brown backed decoy spider but whatever you name him, make sure it fits.

  161. charlie
    Moncton N.B
    January 23, 2013, 8:00 pm

    I think you should name it the clone spyder! although I like decoy to

  162. Pam Solomon
    United States
    January 23, 2013, 7:42 pm

    How about the Scarecrow Spider!?

  163. Sue lawrence
    UK
    January 23, 2013, 7:33 pm

    I love this little guy!! How about “portrait spider! ?

  164. TERRI COFFMAN
    FLORIDA USA
    January 23, 2013, 4:54 pm

    I love this little guy! Whatever you name him, make sure it fits his genius!