Spiders divide labor by personality

June 18, 2014 2:33 PM

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Spiders divide labor by personality

The dominant females were about three times as likely to hunt than their docile counterparts, who were three times more likely to care for the new hatchlings.

Most of us don’t think of spiders as particularly social animals, a fact that allows people who fear them to rest easy. But one spider in particular might challenge our old assumptions, the Anelosimus studiosus. These spiders span a range from North to South America, and most surprisingly spin tangl...

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