Fake Spider

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Fake Spider

On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we look at a bug that has an amazing trick up its sleeve.

When one jumping spider encounters another, they wave their legs at each other, warning each other to back off. Herein lies the tale of how one species of fruit fly is able to outsmart the spider. When the fruit fly waves its wings over its head in a specific pattern, it looks something like a jumping spider declaring its territory. So when it is stalked by a jumping spider, the fly is able to convince the spider that it’s another jumping spider and it escapes unharmed.

The fruit fly’s strategy requires a sophisticated knowledge of the jumping spider’s nervous system as well as its behavior. It’s safe to say that no fruit fly was able to create this strategy. It could have been authored only by the God who created them both.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

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