Evidence for UV-based sensory exploitation in Australian but not European crab spiders

@article{Herberstein2008EvidenceFU,
  title={Evidence for UV-based sensory exploitation in Australian but not European crab spiders},
  author={Marie Elisabeth Herberstein and Astrid M. Heiling and Kenneth Cheng},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={23},
  pages={621-634}
}
Some crab spiders reflect UV-light, thereby creating a deceptive signal that attracts prey to the flowers that they sit on. We conducted a survey of several Australian and European species of crab spiders and found that UV-reflection is common in Australian species but absent from European species. Furthermore, honeybees are attracted to UV-reflecting Australian spiders while they are either indifferent to or repelled by European crab spiders. We do not know if UV-reflection evolved once or… CONTINUE READING

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