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How wolf spiders purr for love

Scientists have revealed the musical, flirtatious side of a common spider.

Alexander Sweger and Prof George Uetz from the University of Cincinnati recorded and studied the percussive courtship display in the so-called purring wolf spider Gladicosa gulosa.

They recorded and filmed the male spiders, as in this short clip, revealing that they used leaves to transmit sound to a female.

They presented the findings at the Acoustical Society of America annual meeting.

Footage courtesy of Alexander Sweger and Prof George Uetz, University of Cincinatti

  • 22 May 2015
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