Male courtship vibrations delay predatory behaviour in female spiders

@inproceedings{Wignall2013MaleCV,
  title={Male courtship vibrations delay predatory behaviour in female spiders},
  author={Anne E. Wignall and Marie Elisabeth Herberstein},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2013}
}
During courtship, individuals transfer information about identity, mating status and quality. However, male web-building spiders face a significant problem: how to begin courting female spiders without being mistaken for prey? Male Argiope spiders generate distinctive courtship vibrations (shudders) when entering a female's web. We tested whether courtship shudders delay female predatory behaviour, even when live prey is present in the web. We presented a live cricket to females during… CONTINUE READING

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