January 25, 2011

Male Wolf Spider Seen Making Courtship Signals

Male Schizocosa ocreata wolf spiders, commonly found in the eastern U.S. and Canada, adjust the modes of their courtship signaling (vibrations vs. visual cues) depending on the habitat (leaves, soil, rock, wood) on which they find themselves. In University of Cincinnati research, it was found that males signaling via vibrations on leaf litter were more than twice as successful in inducing females to mate as were males signaling via vibrations on other substrates. credit: University of Cincinnati

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