Meet The Spider That Survives By Literally Looking Like Crap

Spiders are obviously terrifying to many people. But it's easy to forget that they're also prey for a lot of animals, so spiders are even more terrified of small chirpy birds than you are of them. A certain kind of spider has evolved to escape the threat of birds, however, by developing a very interesting type of camouflage: They look like bird poop.

Meet The Spider That Survives By Literally Looking Like CrapDinesh Rao

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The bird-dropping spider (Calaenia Excavata) looks like what would come out of a bird after it ate a regular spider. Thus, birds are uninterested in them and leave them alone, because apparently they have too much self-conscious dignity pick through their own feces in order to find a meal. This does require the spider to stay completely immobile when birds are around, because even birds get suspicious when dung suddenly makes a break for it.

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As for the spider's prey, while it would be embarrassing to get caught and eaten by a sentient pile of bird poo, the bird-dropping spider actually employs an entirely different method to catch moths. The spider emits a pheromone that smells very similar to the kind of pheromone that female moths dispense when looking for a mate. The spider dangles from a leaf or branch, waits until a male moth comes close enough, then pounces. So many moths' embarrassing last words are, "Oh wait, you're not my wife, you're that poo spider!"

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And if one falls on your windshield, a squeegee will still get rid of it just fine.

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