Complexity Digest 2005.22 - 12
Spider Signals: Are Web Decorations Visible To Birds And Bees?, Biol. Lett.
Excerpts: We are becoming increasingly aware of animal communication outside the range of human sensitivity. Web decorations are silk structures used by orb-web spiders to deceive prey and predators. However, despite the level of interest in these structures, their visibility to prey and predators has never, to our knowledge, been objectively assessed. Here, we (...) show that the decorations of all five tested spider species are visible to honey bees and birds over short and long distances. Furthermore, the discoid decorations of one species may provide some protection against arthropod predators. (...)
- Source: Spider Signals: Are Web Decorations Visible To Birds And Bees?
[ http://www.journals.royalsoc.ac.uk/app/home/contribution.asp?wasp=40240151acb443a29f9bd412fb258ebd&referrer=parent&backto=issue,5,39;journal,1,2;homemainpublications,1,7; ], M. J. Bruce, A. M. Heiling, M. E. Herberstein, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2005.0307, Biology Letters, 2005/05/24
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