Communication and synchronized molting in a colonial araneid spider,Eriophora bistriata

Abstract

The colonial orb-weaving spider,Eriophora bistriata, coordinates molting cycles through communication. Colonies with differing molting cycles synchronize when combined. Intercycle intervals depend upon food availability. The possible coordination of this synchrony by chemical communication among spiders is discussed. 
DOI: 10.1007/BF01941043

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