Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2005.3160
Title: Spiders that decorate their webs at higher frequency intercept more prey and grow faster
Authors: Li, D. 
Keywords: Argiope versicolor
Decorating behaviour
Foraging
Growth rate
Prey-attraction
Spider web
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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