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Some animals have the ability to camouflage themselves with the surrounding environment to avoid detection by predators or the prey. Some assume the shape of leaves, or long stems, while others blend with the tree bark or grass. The spider Cyclosa ginnaga has adopted the most crappy disguise.

Cyclosa ginnaga, a species found in Taiwan, China, Japan, and South Korea, hides from predators by looking like a pile of bird droppings. Cyclosa ginnaga incorporates a variety of silk decorations and other stuff such as prey carcasses, egg sacs, and plant materials into its web to make these look like splotches of bird feces. The spider, whose back is also white, then sits on these “bird dropping” decoration effectively invisible to its predators.

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