Untangling an Artistic Spider Web

Untangling an Artistic Spider Web — Kaplan 2007 (1119): 1 — ScienceNOW

Argiope spiders are the Picassos of the arachnid world, weaving exquisite zigzag and spiral patterns into their webs. And like any masterpiece, the designs draw a crowd. A new study reveals that insects and other prey prefer the stylish silk to more humdrum netting, but that predators, too, are more likely to pay a visit.

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