It's incredible, really. It features a central spire and an encircling picket-fence that's been reinforced by horizontal rails, and is strung together by a series of radially oriented guy wires. An impressive edifice at any scale, the structure measures less than 2 cm across. And here's the real kicker: nobody knows what made it. Rainforest Expedition's Troy Alexander spotted the bizarre maypole-in-miniature a few days ago in the Southern Peruvian Amazon. The latest in a string of recent sightings, Alexander posted a photograph of his discovery to /r/whatsthisbug, a subreddit devoted to identifying insects and their handiwork. See more images at Io9.
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