A tiny web spun by an unidentified spider in Peru has baffled scientists, as unlike most spider webs which catch prey, this orange spider’s unique web seems to have been built to protect its eggs.

Researchers did not know what was making the webs – build on a tree trunk and made up of a central tower with a circular ‘fence’ on the outside – until a miniscule orange arachnid hatched at the base of the tower.

Spider spins 'silkhenge' web

This unusual and stunning structure triggered comparisons to the prehistoric stone circle Stonehenge in Wiltshire and the web was aptly named ‘silkhenge’.

These photographs were taken on a trail lined by cecropia trees by Jeff Cremer, who led an eight-day expedition in the Tambopata National Reserve in Peru.