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, 198 (4322), 1173-5

Aggressive Chemical Mimicry by a Bolas Spider

Aggressive Chemical Mimicry by a Bolas Spider

W G Eberhard. Science.

Abstract

Mature female Mastophora sp. spiders attract prey with a volatile substance which apparently mimics the female sex attractant pheromone of the fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera). The rate of prey capture is similar to that of a conventional orb weaver of comparable body size.

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