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|Title:||Spiders that decorate their webs at higher frequency intercept more prey and grow faster||Authors:||Li, D.||Keywords:||Argiope versicolor
|Issue Date:||7-Sep-2005||Citation:||Li, D. (2005-09-07). Spiders that decorate their webs at higher frequency intercept more prey and grow faster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 272 (1574) : 1753-1757. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2005.3160||Abstract:||Many orb-weaving spiders decorate their webs with extra, bright white, ultraviolet light reflecting silk. Previous studies suggest that these decorations increase a spider's foraging efficiency by improving web attractiveness, which is known as the prey-attraction hypothesis. One assumption of this hypothesis is that individuals which decorate their webs at a higher frequency are expected to have a higher growth rate. Using a decoration-building orb-weaving spider, Argiope versicolor, I show a strong positive relationship between the growth rate in terms of weight gain and the frequency of decoration-building, as well as the rate of insect interception. This is the first study to reveal a fitness consequence of decorating behaviour in spiders. © 2005 The Royal Society.||Source Title:||Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences||URI:||http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/101714||ISSN:||09628452||DOI:||10.1098/rspb.2005.3160|
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