November 25, 2011

Tags: Nephila, ants, Zhang

Shichang Zhang and colleagues have found that at least one orb weaver, Nephila antipodiana, deposits a substance on its web threads that deters ants. Ants prey on spiders, but ants have not often been seen preying on orb weaving spiders. Zhang et al. may have discovered why.

Alex Wild, over at Myrmecos, has a good summary of the study as well as an interesting quibble about the range of ants tested.


"...a compelling introduction to evolution in action through the lens of spiders and their silks."

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