Being a small spider with larger-than-life predators like birds and frogs wanting to make a meal out of you means you have to think outside the box. This is where the bird-dung crab spider shines because it’s able to mimic undesirable bird droppings with its texture and by contorting into a lump. It takes the charade one step further by emitting a foul odor that deters predators and attracts prey like flies and moths.
While these clever spiders were born with these mimicry traits, it took understanding that their survival depended on it for them to recognize the ingenuity of using these characteristics to their fullest extent. We as humans sometimes can’t realize our full potential until we’re faced with a struggle that forces us to get to the next level.