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A Peruvian spider uses insect corpses and debris to make an eight-legged fake spider in the middle of its web. It’s not quite clear why, but it it could be to deter predators.



Domestic cats in the US kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds a year, and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion mammals a year, though most of these are feral cats.

Read the original paper in Nature Communications.

The assassin bug drinks the the insides of its prey (after liquifying them with an injected enzyme) and then sticks the empty shell (exoskeleton) on its body as camouflage.

Source: rizalis (malaysian macro team) – Flickr

Probably shouldn’t have written this before breakfast…

Researchers have used DNA sequencing to analyse snow leopard droppings and find out what they eat – fortunately for local farmers, 79% of the leopards’ prey is from wild animals, including Siberian ibex, argali sheep and chukar partridge, as well as domestic goat and domestic sheep.

A boa constrictor can sense the fading heartbeat of its prey, so it knows how long to squeeze.

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