The spiders’ webs were crafted around face-height, near the trail, and about the width of a stretched-out hand.
One spider has a very creative ability. It makes giant, fake spiders and places them in webs. Then it shakes the web, to make the simulacrum more realistic.
Here's what it looks like. Fake spider = huge; scheming prankster = tiny, on top.
From a distance, they saw what resembled a smallish, dead spider in a web. It looked kind of flaky, like the fungus-covered corpse of an arthropod.
But then the flaky spider started moving.
A closer looked revealed the illusion. Above the 1-inch-long decoy sat a much smaller spider. Striped, and less than a quarter-inch long, the spider was shaking the web. It was unlike anything Torres had ever seen. “It blew my mind,” he said.