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Tales from the Rainforest

Rise of the Orb-Weaver Spiders

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in spider, evolution, orb spider

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Spiders! They’re creatures you’re almost certain to see in the Peruvian Amazon, whether you like it or not.

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Deception in the Jungle: the Ant-mimicking Spider Aphantochilus rogersi

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in spider, Amazon

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Things aren't always as they seem in the jungle. As the sun was setting and we were heading back to the Tambopata Research Center, Chris Johns made a very cool spot. At first it appeared as if two ants were stuck together on a branch...but upon closer inspection we realized that we were dealing with an ant-mimicking spider feasting on its ant prey.

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We Solved An Amazon Rainforest Mystery (w/Video)

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2013 7:00:00 PM / by Phil Torres posted in spider, rainforest, Silkhenge spider, Mysterious spider, arachnid

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About six months ago, graduate student Troy Alexander took photos of this odd structure. What was it? The images went viral and neither the internet nor experts could figure it out.


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