Does the presence of potential prey affect web design in Argiope keyserlingi (Araneae, Araneidae)?

Marie E. Herberstein, Anne C. Gaskett, Deborah Glencross, Simon Hart, Sue Jaensch, Mark A. Elgar

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Abstract

Orb-web spiders may anticipate their future prey environment by detecting the presence of prey and adjusting their web building behavior accordingly. Here we investigate the effect of different prey sizes and density on the web size and mesh height of the orb webs constructed by Argiope keyserlingi. The experimental design allowed the transmission of prey vibrations but prevented any capture. We found that A. keyserlingi constructed webs more frequently in the presence of prey, but did not alter the web size or mesh height of their webs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-350
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arachnology
Volume28
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Foraging
  • Mesh height
  • Orb web

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