Wrap attack activates web-decorating behavior in Argiope spiders

@article{Walter2008WrapAA,
  title={Wrap attack activates web-decorating behavior in Argiope spiders},
  author={A. Walter and M. Elgar and P. Bliss and R. F. Moritz},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={19},
  pages={799-804}
}
  • A. Walter, M. Elgar, +1 author R. F. Moritz
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Various orb-weaving spiders add extra silk structures--"web decorations"--to their webs. The adaptive value of these web decorations is still unclear, and the suite of functional hypotheses remains controversial. Spiders in the genus Argiope decorate their webs with densely woven zigzag ribbons made of fibrous aciniform silk. This type of silk is also used by the spiders for "wrap attacks" to immobilize the prey by wrapping it with a dense silk cover. Previous studies suggested that the spiders… CONTINUE READING
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