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- Bilde, Trine, et al. Show all 4 Authors
- Ethology 2008 v.114 no.8 pp. 775-781
- Araneae; copulation; courtship; females; genitalia; males; motivation; risk; silk
- ... Males of the spider Pisaura mirabilis present a nuptial prey gift to the female during courtship as a mating effort. The gift is usually round and wrapped in white silk. It was suggested that the wrapped gift functions as a sensory trap by mimicking the female's eggsac implying that males exploit the female maternal care instinct and not her foraging motivation in a sexual context. The shape of th ...