The influence of prey size and female reproductive state on the courtship of the autumn spider, Metellina segmentata: a field experiment

@article{Prenter1994TheIO,
  title={The influence of prey size and female reproductive state on the courtship of the autumn spider, Metellina segmentata: a field experiment},
  author={John Prenter and R. Elwood and S. Colgan},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1994},
  volume={47},
  pages={449-456}
}
  • John Prenter, R. Elwood, S. Colgan
  • Published 1994
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • . Factors affecting courtship and mating behaviour in the common European orb-weaving autumn spider, Metellina segmentata, were examined in a field experiment. Males of this species wait on the edge of a web for the resident female to capture a prey item before entering the web to initiate courtship. Males on webs provided with large prey items (naturally occurring tipulids) exhibited more courtship behaviour and were more successful in gaining copulations than those on webs provided with small… CONTINUE READING
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