Spider web protection through visual advertisement: Role of the stabilimentum


Journal Article

The conspicuous white silken adornments known as stabilimenta, which are commonly found in the orb webs of some spiders, appear to be protective devices that warn birds of the presence of webs in their flight path. Webs endowed with artificial equivalents of stabilimenta tended to survive intact the early morning period when birds are on the wing; unmarked webs showed a high incidence of destruction.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Eisner, T; Nowicki, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 219 / 4581

Start / End Page

  • 185 - 186

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.219.4581.185

Citation Source

  • Scopus