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1 April 2005 BEHAVIOR OF WEB-INVADING SPIDERS ARGYRODES ARGENTATUS (THERIDIIDAE) IN ARGIOPE APPENSA (ARANEIDAE) HOST WEBS IN GUAM
Alexander M. Kerr
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Abstract

Most Argyrodes live in the webs of other spiders, stealing food from the host, scavenging small prey from the web or killing and eating the host. I observed the behavior of A. argentatus from Guam, where it is a frequent inhabitant of the large orb webs of Argiope appensa. I examined the proportion of time spent in different activities, whether behavior differed between the sexes and if population density of Argyrodes on a host web affects Argyrodes behavior. Argyrodes spent 55% of the time hanging immobile and inverted in the support strands at the webs' margin. This was significantly more time than that spent in stationary activity, forward movement at the web's margin, feeding, foraging on the sticky spiral or in aggressive interaction. Females foraged significantly more often than did males, though the sexes spent about the same amount of time feeding and in other activities. Females also engaged in more bouts of feeding and 21% of these bouts were at prey bundles prepared by the host. In contrast, males invariably foraged for small insects unnoticed by the host.

Alexander M. Kerr "BEHAVIOR OF WEB-INVADING SPIDERS ARGYRODES ARGENTATUS (THERIDIIDAE) IN ARGIOPE APPENSA (ARANEIDAE) HOST WEBS IN GUAM," The Journal of Arachnology 33(1), 1-6, (1 April 2005). https://doi.org/10.1636/S02-29
Received: 3 June 2002; Published: 1 April 2005
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