Spiders learn to reinforce web where most prey is caught

05/28/2013 | LiveScience.com · ScienceMag.org

An East Asian spider, known informally as the garbage spider, strengthens the spot in its web where it's most likely to catch prey. Researchers at Kyoto Women's University in Japan placed flies in certain places in a web and noticed that when the spiders rebuilt its webs, those places would be reinforced. "The spider actively adds more tension on threads in vertical sectors in response to more past prey capture in these sectors," said researcher said Kensuke Nakata.

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