Bird dropping disguise proves to be effective camouflage

By Sarah Zielinski, 13:36 PM June 6, 2014

As people who have owned both dogs and cats have probably realized, some dogs have no qualms about eating feces. But most critters will leave dung alone, and that makes camouflaging yourself as someone else’s poop nearly a perfect disguise.

Take the orb-web spider Cyclosa ginnaga, for example. This species uses its silver body and white, blotchy web decorations to masquerade as bird droppings, Min-Hui Liu of National Chung-Hsin University in Taichung, Taiwan, and colleagues report May 29 in Sc...

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