Jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae) that feed on nectar

Robert R. Jackson*, Simon D. Pollard, Ximena J. Nelson, G. B. Edwards, Alberto T. Barrion

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Abstract

Nectivory was studied in 90 species from the spider family Salticidae. Observations of 31 of these species feeding on nectar from flowers in nature was the impetus for laboratory tests in which all 90 species fed from flowers. That sugar, not just water, is relevant to salticids was implied by choice tests where salticids spent more time drinking from a simulated nectar source (30% sucrose solution) than from distilled water. Our findings suggest that nectar feeding may be widespread, if not routine, in salticid spiders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Zoology
Volume255
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Energy source
  • Jumping spiders
  • Nectar feeding
  • Salticidae

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