Discoid decorations function to shield juvenile Argiope spiders from avian predator attacks

Bingjun Wang, Long Yu, Nina Ma, Zengtao Zhang, Qian Liu, Wenrui Fan, Yu Rong, Shichang Zhang & Daiqin Li
Decorating behavior is common in various animal taxa and serves a variety of functions from camouflage to communication. One predominant function cited for decoration is to avoid predators. Conspicuous, disc-like (discoid) silk decorations spun by orb-web Argiope juvenile spiders are hypothesized, among others, to defend spiders against visual predators by concealing spider outlines on the web, deflecting attacks, shielding them from view or masquerading as bird-droppings. However, the direct evidence is limited for a specific...
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