What Creature Made this Mysterious Coccon-Like Structure Found In Amazon?

This is a kicker structure! And nobody knows what made it!

This incredible structure, which measures less than 2 cm across, features a central spire surrounded by a barbed wire fence, which is reinforced by horizontal rails and strung together by a series of radially oriented guy wires. It’s almost certainly a defense mechanism against ants or other predators for whatever is incubating inside. What an amazing evolutionary feat!

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This mysterious and miniature maypole was spotted by Troy Alexander in the Southern Peruvian Amazon. To exactly determine its origin, he posted a photo to /r/whatsthisbug, a subreddit devoted to identifying insects and their handiwork. All experts are concordant: They have never seen such an amazing structure!

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Several commenters at Why Evolution Is True believe it is either the egg sac of a mystery spider or a very elaborate moth cocoon. Some moths have been known to erect Stonehenge-like fences around their cocoons. Moth cocoons are spun by the caterpillar that is cooking inside, and I just can’t see a way that this silk was spun by the resident. It’s just too elaborate. More likely that a spider built her babies this safe little home and then sailed away.

Other theories: Tiny Area 51, Insect Isengard, air traffic control station for jungle birds. Well, clearly the smae kind of weird architecture was built by nano-ancients a long time ago.

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Or it is just a way for insects to look for signs of life on other trees!

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Any other ideas? I love you evolution!

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