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Mysterious bug structure

 
 
Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:05 am
These tiny mysterious structures have been found in Peru. Nobody knows (yet) what makes them. They are about 2cm across.
http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2013/09/third-1.jpg
http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2013/09/second.jpg

Original article here: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/weird-weblike-thing/?mbid=social11521844
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:10 am
@rosborne979,
Wow!

Those are pretty amazing.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:15 am
Maybe the flea circus is in town.
McTag
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:18 am
@rosborne979,

They're obviously making a mini-marquee and they haven't woven the fabric yet.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:19 am
@boomerang,
Yeh, they are. I can't imagine what would make that or why. Some moths (mentioned in the article) make some structures which are vaguely similar but still not nearly as detailed.

http://whyevolutionistrue.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/e2120-7517_bees_moth_ds.jpg

Also there's a clear cocoon at the center of the moth ring, but it's not clear what's at the center of the "maypole" in the other structure. Or if there's anything in there. Someone needs to take one of those things apart under a microscope and see what's in there.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:31 am
@rosborne979,
A bit larger image:

http://i.imgur.com/bE1PAXJ.jpg
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:34 am
@Lordyaswas,
Lordyaswas wrote:

Maybe the flea circus is in town.

Ha! I like that Smile
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