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- DiRienzo, N., et al. Show all 4 Authors
- Behavioral ecology and sociobiology 2019 v.73 no.2 pp. 1
- Latrodectus hesperus; aggression; bundling; cannibalism; courtship; females; males; reproductive success; risk; silk; webs
- ... Theory suggests that males should adjust courtship in response to a variety of factors, including female quality, the risk of male-male competition, and often in spiders, the risk of sexual cannibalism. Male black widow spiders demonstrate a behavior during courtship whereby they tear down and bundle a female’s web in addition to providing other vibratory and contact sexual signals. This web reduc ...