Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Spiders quickly learn eavesdropping to gain ground on the mating competition

Date:
August 4, 2015
Source:
University of Cincinnati
Summary:
When it comes to courting, one common spider species is quick to learn, and that learning process involves eavesdropping on the visual cues of rivals to win their mate. Scientists report that when wolf spiders were shown videos of other leg-tapping, courting males paired with silk cues from females, they quickly learned to recognize the behavior as part of the courtship process -- in as little as four days.
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