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Spiders May Have Personalities

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Armed with branch cutters, pillowcases, and a vibrator, a team of scientists has discovered how social spiders in India assign chores within their colonies – and they say it has to do with spider personalities.

Big and bold? Go get that grasshopper! Slightly more timid? Maybe stay home, take care of the brood, and clean the nest or something.

http://www.wired.com...social-spiders/

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suicidal maternal care? Never heard of it...fascinating and a bit morbid

I'm not quite sure I understand the study as far as tasks in the colony being "assigned" by personality. To me it sounds something like concluding "the faster humans win races"

Anyway, my misunderstanding notwithstanding, very interesting.

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"Armed with branch cutters, pillowcases, and a vibrator,..."

I bet the really perverted spiders tested the best during this study. :whistle:

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Kinky lol.

Interesting though. I think spiders have personalities. We get huntsman spiders here. I always say hello to them when I see them. Some didn't care they didn't move, others come down the wall towards me and others reared up a bit. We had a spider we nick named Charlie. When we said hello or talked to it he would tap his feet it was cute. But it might have been the vibrations or something bothering him. But when we walked into the room he/she would come down the wall closer to us.

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