Assessments and decisions in Metellina segmentata (Araneae: Metidae): evidence of a pheromone involved in mate guarding

@article{Prenter2004AssessmentsAD,
  title={Assessments and decisions in Metellina segmentata (Araneae: Metidae): evidence of a pheromone involved in mate guarding},
  author={John Prenter and Robert W. Elwood and William I Montgomery},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={35},
  pages={39-43}
}
Assessments and decision-making underlying the initiation of mate guarding in a common web-building spider, Metellina segmentata, are examined in a series of field and laboratory studies. Adult males do not build webs but wander in search of females and mating opportunities. Adult males then wait at the edge of the webs of females and guard them prior to courtship and mating. Guarded females were heavier, larger and carried more mature eggs than solitary females. An active process of… CONTINUE READING

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