Nature & Environment
Why spiders decorate their webs
By T.K. Randall
May 26, 2011 · 11 comments
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Australian researchers believe they have discovered why spiders decorate their webs.
Scientists have determined that orb-weaving spiders create elaborately decorated webs in order to protect them, the rationale behind it appears to be that if the web is more visible to other animals then it is less likely to be accidentally damaged.
The delicate web decorations spun by some orb-weaving spiders are a strange but well-known phenomena, but exactly why the spiders adorn their webs is unclear. Now a study by researchers in Australia suggests that the creatures use decorations to protect their webs from damage. A team has made a discovery in one spider species that suggests the spiders use adornments "tactically" to make their webs more visible to animals that might accidentally damage them.
Source: BBC News
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