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WTF Is This Weird Web-Tower Thing?
09-04-2013, 09:25 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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This is interesting...


Something in the Peruvian Amazon is making weird, intricate structures that resemble white picket fences surrounding an Isengard-like spire.

No one has any idea who the mysterious craftsbug (fungus? spider?) is, or what the structure is even used for, excepting the fence part, which almost makes sense. Nobody, not even the scientists. We asked.

“I have no idea what made it, or even what it is,” said William Eberhard, an entomologist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

“I’ve seen the photo, but have no idea what animal might be responsible,” echoed Norm Platnick, curator emeritus of spiders at the American Museum of Natural History.

“I don’t know what it is,” said arachnologist Linda Rayor, of Cornell University. “My guess is something like a lacewing, but I don’t really know.”

More pics at link http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/0...ike-thing/

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09-04-2013, 09:28 PM #2
yankees skier
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Biere.
09-04-2013, 09:30 PM #3
Accidental Stoner Member
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Maybe the aliens miscalculated the scale of things again...
09-04-2013, 10:37 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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It is interesting and also interesting that scientists are still discovering new and wonderful life on this planet.
09-05-2013, 06:02 AM #5
Ruby Wolf Member
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(09-04-2013, 09:25 PM)Octo Wrote:  This is interesting...


Something in the Peruvian Amazon is making weird, intricate structures that resemble white picket fences surrounding an Isengard-like spire.

No one has any idea who the mysterious craftsbug (fungus? spider?) is, or what the structure is even used for, excepting the fence part, which almost makes sense. Nobody, not even the scientists. We asked.

“I have no idea what made it, or even what it is,” said William Eberhard, an entomologist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

“I’ve seen the photo, but have no idea what animal might be responsible,” echoed Norm Platnick, curator emeritus of spiders at the American Museum of Natural History.

“I don’t know what it is,” said arachnologist Linda Rayor, of Cornell University. “My guess is something like a lacewing, but I don’t really know.”

More pics at link http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/0...ike-thing/

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Looks like the tip and wick of a wax candle sticking out of the ground and surrounded by a macrame fence,maybe the spiders are gonna have a bonfire,many insects and nature in general display very intricate fractilized patterns but wether or not they realize what they're doing is another story...




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