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Incredible 'silkhenge' filmed in the Amazon

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moonman

Logically, the fence part is either a perimeter to keep other bugs away, or to keep the baby spiders in - maybe until they grow strong enough to climb over it. The purpose would probably be a lot more obvious if they could find the spider doing it, or at least watch the babies hatch.

Next time you see one, bug guys - collect it and wait for them to hatch. Doesn't seem like a hard mystery to solve.

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Jojo99

Obviously a play pen ! It wants to keep its babies close

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DieChecker

I would guess the central tower dissuades flying predators from landing and eating the eggs, and the fence similarly dissuades walking predators. Even if it turns a 100% chance of being eaten into a 50/50, that is reproductively huge.

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Jon the frog

Clearly a defense fence against egg predators... 

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mesuma

Could the fence be to catch food for when the baby spiders hatch.

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