From Web-based Personal Ads to Sex Under Silk Sheets: Courtship and Communication in Black Widows

When:
February 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
2016-02-14T14:00:00-05:00
2016-02-14T15:30:00-05:00
Where:
Toronto

Poisson_w150Catherine Scott, PhD Student, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto Scarborough

Darwin wrote, “who indeed could suspect that [spiders] should be susceptible of the finer feelings? Yet such is the fact.” The private lives of spiders are filled with fine scents, sounds, and silk. This discussion of the sophisticated sexual communication system of the black widow spiders is the perfect way to celebrate both Valentine’s day and Darwin’s theory of sexual selection.

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Catherine’s blog: spiderbytes.org, @Cataranea on twitter