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Mystery Picket Fence in Amazon Explained

The animal that built the strange picket fence structure has been found.

Six months ago, visitors to the Peruvian Amazon discovered a mysterious picket fence structure nicknamed Silkhenge. Despite watching the structure for several days, naturalists at the Tambopata Research Center couldn’t figure out what type of animal (or fungus) was building it.

mystery picket fence picture
The odd web-like structure that has captivated scientists. Photograph by Jeff Cremer, Solent News/Rex Features via AP

When scientist Troy Alexander first announced his find, all he had to show for his discovery was a series of intriguing photographs. He had no idea what Amazonian critter could have created the circular hideaway with a spoke-like outer wall.

After consulting with several entomologists, Alexander hypothesized that it was likely built by a type of cribellate spider, which are known for building elaborate structures.

When we first posted news of the picket fence, readers flooded the blog with suggestions for what had built it and what scientists should name the potential new species. While many of you agreed with Alexander’s hypothesis that the fence was built by a spider, others of you weren’t so sure, guessing that a fungus or caterpillar may have built it.

Forest Architects

In December, Tambopata scientist Phil Torres, who helped first discover the spider, along with University of Florida entomologists Lary Reeves and Geena Hill and photographer Jeff Cremer, returned to the small island where they had first found the small picket fences built on the sides of trees and tarps. For a week, they staked out the area, taking careful notes and watching the miniature structures very closely.

Along a 650-foot (200-meter) stretch of trail, the scientists identified 45 different picket fences. Their week of eagle-eyed watching paid off when they discovered spiderlings hatching from three of these fences. (See National Geographic’s spider videos.)

A spiderling seen in December 2013 near the mysterious picket fence. Photograph by Jeff Cremer, Solent News/Rex Features via AP
A spiderling seen in December 2013. Photograph by Jeff Cremer, Solent News/Rex Features via AP

Although they still haven’t identified what species the spiderlings belong to—or whether previous scientists might have already discovered it—they say the structure is intriguing for several reasons.

Torres wrote on his blog:

For one, it is not common for spiders to lay eggs and abandon them, they typically place silken egg sacs in their own web to protect. More oddly, it appears that there was only a single egg per structure. This, as far as we can tell, would be the only known occurrence of a spider laying a single egg per egg sac. We saw a few adult spiders around that were prime suspects, but never saw any making it, so the construction and culprit remain a mystery.

Mite Meal

Besides spiders, the area also contained large numbers of mites that were leading suspects as the fence-builders until the entomologists found the spiderlings. (Also see “Photos: World’s Biggest, Strongest Spider Webs Found.”)

The researchers have hypothesized that the picket fence either serves to protect the egg in the center from other predatory insects or it contains a chemical attractant to lure mites, ants, and other insects to the newly hatched spiders to give them an easy first meal.

Plenty of work still has to be done, but the builders of Silkhenge have at long last been found.

Now that you know the picket fence is built by a spider, do you have any name suggestions for it? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Comments

  1. Nancy Smith
    Ocean Beach CA
    January 31, 10:34 pm

    saepem erectus

  2. Ashmeed ohammed
    Trinidad
    January 31, 6:52 pm

    Henge Solo spider …. Henge because of the henge, solo because of the lone spider in the henge, but like Han solo….

    Get it? No? Okay

  3. Saul Frommer
    Murrieta, CA
    January 29, 8:16 pm

    When I first saw the photo I thought it might be a spider that could use the central structure as its own point of departure for ballooning, which is a procedure used by many spiders for dispersion. The surrounding fence-like structure baffled me. Now that we know that it is a spider that built it all suggestions have been made for the possible use of the fence-like structure. Since the “fence” may serve to keep possible predators away from the central structure which contains a single developing spider it dawned on me that as a common name “barrier-building spider” might serve as a meaningful common name. Should additional relatives be found one day they could all be referred to as the barrier-building spiders. Just a thought.

  4. Jonathan Evans
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    January 29, 1:17 pm

    I suggest Madiba spider in memory of Nelson Mandela who spent time “behind prison bars”, then when he was released helped to give “birth” to a new democracy in South Africa

  5. Dave Jones
    Bath England
    January 23, 10:37 am

    It is already named ”Silkhenge spider” why change it ?

  6. Hannah McCaffrey
    AZ, USA
    January 22, 1:05 am

    You should name the spider Pecktisfen.

  7. terry ford
    January 22, 12:21 am

    druid spider

  8. ryan
    United States
    January 21, 11:05 pm

    Silkhenge Spider. This is the best name.

  9. Sam
    Pa, USA
    January 21, 3:08 pm

    The MAYPOLE Spider.

  10. Lcyon
    Philippines
    January 21, 12:57 pm

    The Fancy-Fencer spider.

    (The Silkhenge Spider is good enough.)

  11. KC Compton
    United States
    January 21, 12:37 pm

    Has to be a Wilson Pickett spider.

  12. toseopk
    January 21, 5:21 am

    L’araignée architecte , l’araignée bâtisseuse mais ca parait quand même tres étrange qu’il existe une espece d’araignée qui ne produit qu’un oeuf unique !! Plusieurs structures sont peut etre produites par une seule araignée avec pour but de coloniser un maximum de foret ???…

  13. Katy Kleszewski
    Corona, CA
    January 21, 4:26 am

    A spider who builds fences would be a carpenter! So I would name it a “carpenter spider”. If the name isn’t already taken.

  14. Giancarlo Castagne
    usa
    January 21, 4:12 am

    How about a name from the region or area its found in, not a European name. The people from the Amazon should pick the name.

  15. Josip
    Republic Croatia
    January 21, 3:33 am

    Maybe, name Arachnoidea constructalis

  16. Rita Scribner
    Emporia, KS
    January 21, 12:32 am

    My name choice: Sawyer Amazonicus

  17. Dylan Spence
    January 21, 12:25 am

    The Silkhenge Orphan Spider.

  18. Odie
    Eire
    January 20, 11:33 pm

    Fort Knox spider

  19. barry
    portland maine
    January 20, 11:04 pm

    Good Neighbor Spider ’cause fences make these.

  20. Peter ferenczy
    Melbourne Australia
    January 20, 9:23 pm

    Druid spider

  21. Val Miller
    January 20, 9:09 pm

    How about “Picket Spider” or “Fence Spider”

  22. Greg Cox
    canada
    January 20, 9:05 pm

    Eugene, or perhaps, boris the spider!!

  23. Pedro Frazão
    January 20, 7:53 pm

    Why don’t you, inteligent people who knows everything, ask the spider if she really gives a dam about what you want to call her?

  24. Terri Shaver
    Turlock, CA
    January 20, 6:50 pm

    The “Tatted Nest” spider – nest looks like tatted lace!

  25. Terri Shaver
    United States
    January 20, 6:50 pm

    The”Tatted Nest” spider – nest looks like tatted lace!

  26. Lorena Howard
    Texas US
    January 20, 6:21 pm

    At first I thought it was a microscopic picture of a sperm penetrating an egg!–it looks also like a drop entering an ocher, vertical ocean. It should be called the
    “splashing drop fence”!

  27. Kelly
    United States
    January 20, 6:17 pm

    Golden fencer

  28. pierre leblond
    toronto canada
    January 20, 6:10 pm

    the amazon picket fence

  29. Daniel Bednarz
    Chicago
    January 20, 6:06 pm

    I would simply call it the Picket Spider or Carrousel Spider

  30. Mr V
    London
    January 20, 5:56 pm

    Hissarlik Spider.

    Modern Hissarlik is an ancient city pre- dating bronze age, named Prime’s Fortress and later Troy, it was also the place which Homer beautifully described in his Iliad.
    Troy walls withstood 10 years under siege by Achaeans. In the end using their Trojan Horse stratagem, Achaeans defeated Troy and set the city aflame.
    Hissarlik as a name for spider would refer to the Mother Nature, that despite advanced and polluted modern world there is hope and that evolution will keep creating new species in the struggle of sustaining life as we know it.

  31. Rosamaria Garcia
    USA
    January 20, 5:19 pm

    Druid Spider

  32. Coco
    Spain
    January 20, 5:06 pm

    ‘Innospi’ as in innovator spider

  33. Donaat M
    Belgium
    January 20, 4:31 pm

    Or maybe: Cuna Spider (“cuna” is the spanish word for “cradle”)

  34. Beth Hatch
    January 20, 4:26 pm

    The Keeping Up Appearances Spider or possibly the Keeping up Appearances Spider…LOL

  35. Donaat M
    Belgium
    January 20, 4:21 pm

    Cradle spider , Pike Spider

  36. Tiby Povedano
    Venezuela
    January 20, 4:17 pm

    Pickethenge spider

  37. andy
    England
    January 20, 2:10 pm

    Andy is a good name

  38. Sol Santos
    Philippines
    January 20, 1:28 pm

    The Orbit Spider – as the fence is like orbiting an egg

    I also like the idea of Mona:
    “I like Silkhenge spider and Hengling for the baby.”

    Archispidling – “Architech and Speiderlings” :-)

  39. atlantida
    January 20, 1:11 pm

    although it’s the ‘Silkhenge Spider’, i would call it, the ‘Whirling Fence Spider’ … or the ‘Sufi Spider’, look at this video and you will understand why ;)

  40. Kristen Johnson
    Palo Alto California
    January 20, 12:14 pm

    Tom Sawyer spider in honor of Mark Twain’s famous character who had to paint the white picket fence!!!

  41. Ibex
    United Kingdom
    January 20, 11:00 am

    Yup, my immediate thought was Druid Spider, too. It may be based on myth, but seems to be a popular suggestion. I also like Henge Spider or Silkhenge Spider.

  42. Jonathan Amos
    Belgium
    January 20, 10:58 am

    “Sawyer Orphan Spider” Or just plain Sawyer Orphan or Orphan Spider

    As a previous suggestion ;) Tom Sawyer the orphan and the white picket fence is what comes to my mind when i see this.

    as they hatch from white picket fences as Orphans.

  43. jamie
    ireland
    January 20, 10:50 am

    It should be named the silk-spider

  44. Dupuy Laure
    Gabon
    January 20, 10:19 am

    Faut peut être voir les espèces de mille pâte (il en existe un qui fait de la dentelle )

  45. Felipe
    January 20, 10:08 am

    spider anemone

  46. Chris Green
    Savona, B.C.
    January 20, 9:36 am

    Troy’s Silkhenge Spider. (If it doesn’t already have a local name…)
    For those of you who want to call it a Druid Spider, druids had nothing to do with Stonehenge or any other henge. They came on the scene something like a few thousand years after the henges were built..

  47. Anthony
    home
    January 20, 8:00 am

    Trelisidae…the treliss spider.

  48. T
    Australia
    January 20, 7:10 am

    You said it, its a Silkhenge … Spider!

  49. Alke van der Westhuizen
    January 20, 6:30 am

    “Silkhenge” sounds appropriate!

  50. Mert
    Turkey
    January 20, 5:33 am

    Henger Spider

  51. Massimo Trincheri
    Sanremo Italy
    January 20, 5:20 am

    Spider Ranchero

  52. Helen
    UK
    January 20, 5:11 am

    The Hengemason Spider

  53. Siv
    Romania
    January 20, 4:54 am

    The Druid Spider. Sounds epic!

  54. Andrea
    January 20, 4:19 am

    Es un hongo. En la chimenea del garaje de mi casa salio algo parecido.

  55. jamie blackmur
    United Kingdom
    January 20, 3:58 am

    There’s is only 1 thing to call this spider. White picket fence “American Dream Arachnid”

  56. Miroslav Georgiev
    Bulgaria
    January 20, 3:57 am

    Just a Silkhenge spider. It may come as SIlkhenge Builder, Silkhenge mason,

    Silkhenge Queen as it is a female that lays its egg there.

  57. SpiderVixen
    Netherlands
    January 20, 3:03 am

    S I L K H E N G E. S P I D E R!

  58. Georgia Tzianos
    Meligala, Greece
    January 20, 2:58 am

    “Arachnotech” meaning technician spider!

  59. Krasimir Petkov
    Bulgaria
    January 20, 2:06 am

    “Metaltella tessitura”.

  60. claire furness
    United Kingdom
    January 20, 2:03 am

    Maybe it should be named after the film Charlotte’s Web as it seems the adult spider uses its last strength to build the picket fence and egg sack then dies, like in the film.

  61. Keith Jones
    London, England
    January 20, 2:02 am

    Druid Spider
    Sun Worship Spider

  62. Jennifer Tilton
    United States
    January 20, 1:11 am

    Shelob

  63. Laura Hannivoort
    Netherlands
    January 20, 1:04 am

    If it turns out the picket fence is for luring food for the soon-to-be-born spiderling:

    Trojan Spider

    Both for the discoverer, Troy Alexander, and for being a lure and allowing the ‘attacker’ to stay hidden until there’s nowhere else to go.

  64. turtle23
    United States
    January 20, 12:51 am

    didnt planet earth include this spider in their documentaries?

  65. Keith Nichols
    Tenaha, Texas
    January 20, 12:10 am

    With the center structure and the outer vertical poles, I would suggest it be called a carousel spider.

  66. Crystal Clements
    California USA
    January 19, 11:58 pm

    Tom Sawyer Spider

  67. Crystal Clements
    United States
    January 19, 11:57 pm

    Tom Sawyer Orphan Spider!

  68. Chad sanders
    Centralia il
    January 19, 11:48 pm

    The dream spider. Because it’s living the American dream with a white picked fence on a hill. I guess in this case on a tree lol

  69. kyle
    Philippines
    January 19, 11:48 pm

    Calibo Spider

  70. Shannon
    January 19, 11:42 pm

    Tiny Dancing Sun Builder in latin

  71. nazima
    delhi
    January 19, 10:57 pm

    In kashmiri language we call spiders “Zalur”
    this sounds gud

  72. Wendy Allen
    Rotorua New Zealand
    January 19, 10:55 pm

    Stone Henge spider or Henge spider
    fence spider

    Weird and wonder full nature

  73. Lordess Monroe
    Ontario, Canada
    January 19, 10:18 pm

    orbital radius

  74. Mary Diffenderfer
    United States
    January 19, 10:08 pm

    The Tom Sawyer Orphan Spider!!! The famous picket fence and Tom was an orphan of sorts!!!

  75. Kimberly Crowner
    United States
    January 19, 9:39 pm

    The Amazon Architect Arachnid

  76. Peter Renner
    Munich / Germany
    January 19, 9:14 pm

    “Troy Spider” cause Mister Troy found it first right?
    “Silkhenge Spider”, sounds close to Stonehenge, love it!^^

  77. Tanner
    Holland
    January 19, 9:06 pm

    the Amazonian Tribz Spider

  78. Chris Plancich
    Aliso Viejo
    January 19, 9:05 pm

    saepe sepe spider

  79. Nilsa
    January 19, 9:05 pm

    Homestead Spider

  80. james dejados
    philipines
    January 19, 9:02 pm

    THe jumper spider

  81. Aaron
    Florida
    January 19, 8:57 pm

    I’ve seen these same little structures, my whole life, here in Florida. My grandfather said they weren’t here when he was kid. He also said they were from wasps. They are always located on the bottom side of leaves or the eaves of houses.

  82. Juan Carlos Díaz Crespo
    Mexicali, B.C. México
    January 19, 8:53 pm

    The Palenque Spider

  83. Juan Carlos Díaz Crespo
    Mexicali, B.C. México
    January 19, 8:51 pm

    The Palisade´s Spider
    The Circus Spider
    The Coliseum Spider

  84. Mary
    maryland usa
    January 19, 8:50 pm

    The Picket Spider!

  85. Carol Rose
    Toronto, Canada
    January 19, 8:49 pm

    Bullseye

  86. Mimi
    Warwick, NY
    January 19, 8:49 pm

    Goldfinger Spider

  87. Mario F monsalve
    Colombia
    January 19, 8:47 pm

    We could name it “berlinWall” spider ;)

  88. Dale Musser
    Mesa, AZ
    January 19, 8:45 pm

    Druid Spiders

  89. christie lionelle
    United States
    January 19, 8:45 pm

    I like the name, The Picket Fence Spider

  90. Anthony Ford
    Phoenix, AZ
    January 19, 8:42 pm

    Common names may be entertaining, but in the scientific world they mean nothing. For instance, here in the SW US we have a snake called the coachwhip, but almost everyone calls it a “red racer.” Its real name, in Latin, which is universally known by biologists, is Masticophis flagellum. I have also heard the same people call a whole BUNCH of different snakes “red racers,” including garter snakes that have no red on them at all. Common names are just what the local people call them. While “silkhenge spider” sounds good, it should ideally be called whatever the genus is + alexanderi, after the scientist who first described the structure and followed it up. Common names entertain people who watch Animal Planet and National Geographic specials, but Latin names are how plants and animals are properly named.

  91. Sonja
    Dublin, Ireland
    January 19, 8:41 pm

    It could be called a ‘crib spider’. Yes, that’s definitely what it should be called!

  92. Michelle Snare
    Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
    January 19, 8:40 pm

    Corral Spider is perfect. No funny spelling or pronunciation. Brilliant. Make it so. :)

  93. david
    newcastle-australia
    January 18, 9:10 pm

    arial dish spider, airwaves spider, satellite dish spider, eardrum spider.radar spider.

  94. Donna Carlson
    Canada
    January 17, 11:03 pm

    The” witches cradel” comes to mind . Reality is so much stranger than fiction. It is so exciting to find these new treasures and to think how many more are just waiting to be found .

  95. Bendigo Shafter
    January 17, 4:45 pm

    The Druid Spider.

  96. Douglas Graham
    Peru
    January 17, 1:49 pm

    The “picket fence” had all of the world wondering ,VIA internet, what it was and now it is being named VIA internet, I am not sure this has happened before. Perhaps homage is due to the communications world. Maybe Webcrawler?

  97. Belkis González
    Texas, USA
    January 17, 1:07 pm

    Creo que debe tener algún nombre dado por los habitantes de la región, pero me gusta el nombre de Crown Spider, por el fino detalle de la corona que circunda el huevecillo.

  98. Wendy Lashley
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    January 17, 10:39 am

    You should use name the locals call it but
    If the people in the area do not already have a name then I like The Amazonian Silkhenge Spider

  99. Roy
    Surrey BC Canada
    January 17, 10:36 am

    How about the Wilson spider, after the very elusive neighbour of Tim Allen’s character in Home Improvement? He was also very difficult to spot!

  100. Saeed Iranzad
    Iran
    January 17, 3:15 am

    1- One egg alone
    2-Small island
    3-Picket fence
    Then: Crusoe Spider
    because of Robinson crusoe

  101. Akilade Ayotunde
    Kumasi, GHANA
    January 17, 2:04 am

    Touche, what else.(Fencing)

  102. NITIN WAGH
    India
    January 17, 12:00 am

    No Wonder if, anybody can called god ‘THE SPIDER’. In India for salvation and freedom from world people try to ignite spots locating at various parts of body. Between two eyelashes a point can open KUNDALINI, most precious spot show like the structure made by this spider.

  103. Margaret
    USA
    January 16, 9:46 pm

    Like others have suggested, ask the people in the area what they call the spider, The web is truly an architectural wonder. The intelligence required to originate and erect such a structure defies the imagination.

  104. Mike Zinkievich
    Syracuse, NY
    January 16, 9:08 pm

    Looks like a slow-mo milk drop splash. Milkdrop spider?

  105. rich collins
    January 16, 6:49 pm

    The Maypole Spider

  106. Donna
    Miami
    January 16, 6:31 pm

    Stonehenge Spider
    It’s in a circle and we don’t know what exactly its for.

  107. Lisa Berry
    United States
    January 16, 5:50 pm

    Sawyers Silkhenge Spider

  108. Aiden Cumming-Teicher
    Vancouver, Canada
    January 16, 5:48 pm

    What about the Hypnos spider?

  109. Spellcheck
    among the spiders
    January 16, 4:50 pm

    Since we don’t know for sure that the spider parties much I would have to vote against any name pretending to its carousing.
    I hope that extreme misspelling has not pervaded National Geographic so deeply that carousal spiders would ever be so named outside the delerium tremens symptoms of some humans.

  110. Deb Herrick
    United States
    January 16, 4:45 pm

    Simply: The Golden Amazon SilkHenge Spider

  111. HAROLD MCCORT
    WINNIPEG
    January 16, 4:41 pm

    ……WITH APOLOGIES…….JUST NOTICED THAT….
    I found a couple of other “Tom Sawyers” had beat me to it !

  112. OLGA ROCIO
    Bogotá, colombia
    January 16, 4:23 pm

    Considero que sería importante conservar el nombre que los nativos del Amazonas le han dado a esta especie, me imagino que hace muchos años ya habían hecho ese descubrimiento

  113. Joyce Self
    United States
    January 16, 4:04 pm

    It could be called the Tether Spider since the purpose is to keep one in as well as another out.

  114. Joyce Self
    Lake Panasoffkee, FL, USA
    January 16, 4:03 pm

    Tether Spider, since it is built to keep in as well as to keep out

  115. HAROLD MCCORT
    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
    January 16, 4:00 pm

    Just to add a common touch for us more simple souls, why not “Tom Sawyer”; after all it is a white fence!

  116. Virginia C
    Chihuahua
    January 16, 3:52 pm

    Great Builder Arachnid
    I love its work, careful, loving, detailed, such greatness is beautiful.

  117. Redfox007
    Montana USA
    January 16, 3:48 pm

    Now, it is curious to me, why do they not just cut a piece of bark from a tree with one on it, and take it into a protective custody effect, and have a camera watching it, linked to a computer, so it could be broadcast to the world.

    This way, they could document when it was first found, where, and the hatching, growing, and such of the spider itself. Then compare that spider to known one we have images of.

    They could even place some mite, ants, and other creatures in the immediate area, and watch their reaction, whether the fence attracts them, or drives them away.

    Who knows, we may have an Orson Wells movie being made,?

  118. Redfox007
    Montana USA
    January 16, 3:43 pm

    Well, to have it colorful one could say it in Spanish:

    Oro piquete de araña

  119. Cris
    Brasil
    January 16, 3:20 pm

    SilkengeSpider
    *I like this!

  120. Judy Ellis
    Ontario Canada
    January 16, 3:03 pm

    Amazon Jewel Spider

  121. Claudia
    Italy
    January 16, 2:32 pm

    Sorry, that was meant to read:
    The Silkhenge Orphan Spider

  122. Claudia
    Italy
    January 16, 2:30 pm

    The Golden Follicle Spider (the fence reminds me of hair follicles)
    White Cog Spider
    Stonehenge Orphan Spider

  123. Linda Adrianna Trevino
    Dallas, Texas USA
    January 16, 2:18 pm

    I like the idea that it resembles stonehenge, therefore the name “Silkhenge of the Amazons”, honoring the country where it was first seen.

    Thanks!

  124. Dianne Sahakian
    Philadelphia PA.
    January 16, 2:13 pm

    I would call it the Golden Carousal Spider.

  125. Jesus Lazcano
    Chihuahua, Mexico
    January 16, 2:08 pm

    Pickfenco Spider.

  126. Anne White
    Canada
    January 16, 1:56 pm

    Species: sawyeri
    After Tom Sawyer- probably the most famous picket fence in literature

  127. S. O. Rooney
    Beautiful Portland!
    January 16, 1:51 pm

    I agree with a previous suggestion. While the spider may be new to “us,” I imagine it is not new to any people living around there. I feel that they should be consulted about what it’s name is.

  128. Brandon Johnson
    St. Petersburg, FL
    January 16, 1:49 pm

    If we called it the Golden Fence Weaver it’d line up with other species of spiders. e.g. the “Golden Orb Weaver”.

  129. Pedro
    Portugal
    January 16, 1:49 pm

    It should be called the Turtle Spider, since turtles abandon their eggs too.

  130. Paul
    England
    January 16, 1:40 pm

    Billy- why overcomplicate things

  131. Shenden Cromwell
    Idaho
    January 16, 1:28 pm

    The Fence Builder Spider

  132. Ella
    United States
    January 16, 1:23 pm

    I like Golden Coral because the baby spider is such a beautiful gold color and the nest looks like a coral.

  133. Beaver
    Louisiana
    January 16, 12:56 pm

    The Stepford Spider (Stepford wives)
    or
    Keeping up with the Joneses Spider

  134. Mariangela
    Italy
    January 16, 12:48 pm

    I think the name “pickety” is proper.

    Love from Italy to all. Ciao.

  135. Mike
    January 16, 12:47 pm

    The Architect Spider.

  136. hiro
    japan
    January 15, 11:45 am

    Milk Crown ( jpanglish)

    The Milk Crown Spider

  137. Nick
    January 13, 9:13 pm

    I Like

    1) Druid Spider
    2)Macklemore Spider (White Walls)
    3)Hengeling
    4)Carousel
    5) My Suggestion is Wicket (Picket/Wicket) Wicket Spider

  138. diplocase
    CA
    January 13, 1:39 pm

    Playpen spider because it leaves its young alone in a little fenced enclosure.

  139. Charley Eiseman
    United States
    January 12, 8:50 pm

    For the record, it is not at all unusual for a spider to deposit its egg sac away from a web. Many whole families of spiders don’t even make webs, and a number of web-spinning species leave their webs to make their egg sacs. It also is not unheard of for very small spiders to make egg sacs containing a single egg each, although it certainly is extraordinary for such an elaborate structure to be made for a single egg.

  140. Maria Alice Ramos
    Cerro Largo Uruguay
    January 12, 10:17 am

    Me gusta saber de los animales y de nuestro planeta

  141. Mikkel Christensen
    Norway
    January 12, 3:38 am

    It should be called the druid spider, because they build henges. Druida/druidae

  142. loy
    Australia
    January 11, 6:44 pm

    Fencing Spider ,, Fencing Arachnid,, Fencepider,, Arachnid Druid

  143. CHRISTIE WAGNER
    U.S.A.
    January 11, 2:18 pm

    It should be called The Carousel Spider.

  144. Hailey Brohm
    Canada
    January 11, 8:39 am

    I think it should be called the golden mono spider, because it looks golden and there’s only 1egg per sac.

  145. Mona
    Louisiana
    January 11, 6:53 am

    I like Silkhenge spider and Hengling for the baby.

  146. Ruben Casillas
    January 11, 3:32 am

    The “American Dream” spider.

  147. Val Crawford
    US.
    January 11, 2:44 am

    Fence erecting spider

  148. njk
    TX, USA
    January 11, 1:47 am

    Why not ask the closest humans what they call it…doubtful it is truly ‘new’ and not seen/named before.

  149. Leila
    Kansas
    January 11, 12:21 am

    I really think the person(s) who discovered the web and later the creature responsible should name the species if it’s determined to be new. However I did enjoy the creativeness of other’s suggestion posts. I am curious how are the creatures going to be studied to determine what they mature into?

  150. Alyssa Mecom
    oak harbor Washington
    January 10, 11:46 pm

    Lagniappe spider is the name I came up with me a meaning a special kind of gift and it’s new so it’s a gift to us

  151. Leigh
    Columbia
    January 10, 11:34 pm

    Jericho spider

  152. Liz Druitt
    Navasota, Texas
    January 10, 9:09 pm

    Doc Holliday Spider. For making it OK out of the corral.

  153. Elizabeth McKeon
    United States
    January 10, 9:08 pm

    The Tom Sawyer Spider. For the picket fence that Tom Sawyer tricked his friends into painting, like this spider tricks mites and ants into coming towards.

  154. Spencer Alexander
    Idaho
    January 10, 8:51 pm

    My middle name is Alexander… and I is Troy’s last name (the one who found it) So I vote for the Alexander spider. In addition, if you look closely, the structure is very intricate. There are lines that run around the spires making it look like a fence around an arena with an Eiffel tower-like structure in the center. It is something Alexander the great would be proud of.

  155. Ann Lochan
    Long Island, Nassau, NY USA
    January 10, 5:16 pm

    The spider should be name; “The Amazon Gold white Picket Fence Spider” Since the colour of the spider is Gold and the fence is white.

  156. Chelsea Ethridge
    Port Aransas, TX
    January 10, 5:02 pm

    Silk throne spider!

  157. Tania Jones
    United Kingdom
    January 10, 4:52 pm

    I’d suggest the following names:

    1) Hadrian (after the wall) spider
    2) Stonehenge spider
    3) Water droplet (the structure reminds me of a splash pattern from a water droplet) spider
    4) Milk drop (see above reason) spider
    5) White anther spider

  158. Ricardo Lopes
    Portugal
    January 10, 4:30 pm

    keep the great work for our knowledge! :D and i think you should name it Golden Cradle Spider since they born with all the means to survive.

  159. john dillon
    ireland
    January 10, 4:19 pm

    The Lone ranger

  160. J
    Canada
    January 10, 4:17 pm

    Funny, it doesn’t look Druish…
    Spira-Tumulus Aracnidae?

  161. Anne Collins
    United States
    January 10, 4:06 pm

    Name it after David Kelly, who wrote the TV show Picket Fences.

  162. me
    January 10, 3:43 pm

    What else, the picket fence spider, you already named it.

  163. Megan Broyles
    United States
    January 10, 3:30 pm

    The Suburbanite Spider

  164. C. Blaise Mitsutama
    Bellevue, WA
    January 10, 2:53 pm

    I like “Druid” spider.

  165. Joshua Barnhill
    Boulder, Colorado
    January 10, 2:32 pm

    Cairn Spider.

    Everyone is suggesting Druid, but the defining feature is the cairn it builds.

  166. Cristina Enta
    Brazil
    January 10, 2:06 pm

    Has anyone caught the spiderling that hatched from the picket? Just do that and observe its behavioral actions.

  167. Liz & Nick
    United States
    January 10, 12:59 pm

    It should be the Druid Spider, then we can have Druish Spider Parties!

  168. James
    January 10, 12:54 pm

    Orthancaneae, in honor of the tower of Orthanc from Middle-Earth

  169. Jake Fike
    United States
    January 10, 12:35 pm

    The Put-a-Little-Fence-Around-It Spider

  170. Carrie Arnold
    January 10, 12:28 pm

    Great name ideas, everyone! Keep ‘em coming!

  171. Caroline Mianecki
    Northville NY
    January 10, 10:48 am

    Charlotte Spider – ingenious like Charlotte’s Web

  172. marcella i sweeney
    United States
    January 10, 10:37 am

    charlotte

  173. Peter Beck
    Accoeek, Maryland
    January 10, 10:26 am

    I like using the original nickname, whoever coined it: The Silkhenge Spider. Otherwise name it after the scientist who first observed the structures.

  174. Sagan Cowne
    London, UK
    January 10, 10:25 am

    Looks like a sub species of Salticidae if you ask me…

    Obviously though, they have never been observed building web-henges or laying single eggs. Odd.

  175. Julia
    Canada
    January 10, 10:20 am

    The Hyder Spider, due to the fact that it’s so hard to find.

  176. morten
    denmark
    January 10, 9:35 am

    lonely castle spider
    :PP since it borne alone in its little white castle i found the need to add a little romantic to its name.

    or White Castle Spider :PP

  177. Vilma
    La Plata, ciudad universitaria de Argentina
    January 10, 8:42 am

    Me gustaría el nombre Araña Carrusel por lo que es circular. Es muy interesante este descubrimiento,

    Me gustaría Araña Crruse4l, por lo que es circular la construcción. Muy interesante este descubrimiento

  178. Jimmy Thompson
    Vietnam
    January 10, 7:57 am

    Since the egg is abandoned by the mother…

    Orphan Spider

  179. David B. Lytle
    Butler PA
    January 10, 7:42 am

    Since fences make good neighbors and these spiders make fences, perhaps they should be named Good Neighbor Spiders.

  180. Meraid Griffin
    United Kingdom
    January 10, 7:42 am

    To me, it looks like a corall, so

    The Corall Maker Spider

  181. Jeff
    Cayman Islands
    January 10, 7:24 am

    Is there any constancy as to the number of threads or pickets?

    • Carrie Arnold
      January 10, 12:24 pm

      Good question, Jeff. I don’t know that anyone has looked into that yet.

  182. lola rosique
    Barcelona, Spain
    January 10, 7:02 am

    I am agree with New Yorker, like this name. Thanks!

  183. Christie Smillie
    UK
    January 10, 5:13 am

    I like the idea of “mason”, or “maker”, as well as the idea of a carousel.

  184. Elliott Vice
    United Kingdom
    January 10, 4:23 am

    Despite being a bit plain, I really liked this name when I first saw someone say it on the last related post.

    The amber spider – what a lovely amber it is!

  185. Kevin Petersen
    Deutschland
    January 10, 3:28 am

    a white picket fence? What about the “american dream spider”?

  186. Jake Langelier
    Montreal
    January 10, 3:10 am

    How About the Minas Tirith or Gondor Spider, It kinda looks like the white tower over the walls. LOTR reference

  187. Holly
    Georgia
    January 10, 2:44 am

    Anemone Spider

  188. Tejendra Kunwar
    Ontario, Canada
    January 10, 2:28 am

    I think the name “ArchiPider” suits it the best. An Archipider spider i.e. a species of spider which is a natural Architectural genius.

  189. Paula Fye
    Florida
    January 10, 2:16 am

    I like Carousel Spider. That is what I thought immediately when I saw the image.

    • Carrie Arnold
      January 10, 12:25 pm

      You’re right–it does look a bit like a carousel! Good idea.

  190. Pamela G.
    Ferguson, MO
    January 10, 2:04 am

    How about calling it a Druid Spider?

  191. Leo
    Philippines
    January 10, 1:35 am

    Name it after the name of the person who found it first.

  192. mavi morta
    philippines
    January 10, 1:27 am

    Isengard spider :-)

  193. Louis Warfield
    Sacramento, Ca
    January 10, 1:24 am

    Saint Hubbin’s Druid.

  194. Re Nee
    Brookings, OR
    January 10, 1:14 am

    *Barricadus*

  195. Cody Copeland
    United States
    January 10, 1:14 am

    Merlin spider, after one of the myths of how Stonehenge was erected.

  196. Avin Kevin
    Malaysia
    January 10, 1:11 am

    I like the name ‘Hengeling ‘ for baby spider. Silkhenge spider is better though.

  197. matt b
    NY
    January 10, 1:04 am

    How about “fence-sitter”
    similar to “baby sitter” with possible political humor potential.

  198. José Augusto Duarte Ferreira
    lisbon - portugal
    January 10, 12:53 am

    Druid spider

  199. Mikel Hedges
    Omaha
    January 10, 12:28 am

    The Torino spider. Aka get off my lawn spider.

  200. Laura
    United States
    January 10, 12:23 am

    The Silkhenge Spider, of course :)

  201. lisa
    middle lake sask can
    January 10, 12:19 am

    Druids.

    • Carrie Arnold
      January 10, 12:27 pm

      Another great idea!

  202. Andi Carson
    Carlos, MN, USA
    January 10, 12:12 am

    For a common name, Corral Spider.

  203. Paresh Pandey
    Canada
    January 10, 12:11 am

    The Taj

    looks white and beautiful like the taj mahal..majestic!

  204. Evan Mayo
    Michigan City, IN
    January 9, 6:42 pm

    Farpoint Arachnid

  205. Carlos Chairez
    El Paso, TX
    January 9, 5:39 pm

    Fence Master Spider

    Master Builder Spider

  206. Jake
    Pheonix,AZ
    January 9, 3:39 pm

    I think it should be named the picket spider or protector spider because the web looks like barbed wire.

  207. Carrie Arnold
    January 9, 2:34 pm

    I do like the Hengeling Spider, actually! I visited Stonehenge last year and it was awesome. If only I had known I would be writing about one in the Amazon… :)

  208. New Yorker
    New York
    January 9, 1:25 pm

    Thanks for the update.

    I liked someone else’s idea of the name “Gulag Carousel” for the spider web design–it was submitted earlier. It would make the spider proud! The spider would be the “Gulag Carousel Designer.”

  209. Robert Matthews
    United States
    January 9, 12:46 pm

    The Hengeling Spider

  210. Linda Kyle
    Greendale, IN 47025
    January 9, 12:14 pm

    The Hengemason Spider *this is my favourite!

    The Picketmason Spider

    The Picketmaker Spider