Sean Blamires has published an article on the influences of environmental variability on spider web and silk properties entitled “You are What You Weave” in the October edition of Australasian Science Magazine. See http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-october-2015/you-are-what-you-weave.html
“Spiders adjust to their diets by spinning different webs”, NineMSN, March 17, 2015.
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“Researchers at the University of New South Wales have discovered that spiders build different types of webs when they encounter different types of prey.”
“Spiders customise webs based on diet”, Australian Geographic, March 19, 2015. Read the Australian Geographic article here. ‘The findings indicate that spiders adjust the type of webs they spin to adapt to what food source is around. If there are more flies, for example, spiders don’t seem to waste the extra energy needed to build…Details
“Custom web design keeps spiders in business”, ABC Science, March 18, 2015. Read the ABC Science article here. ‘When a fly or cricket hits a spider web, the web has to intercept the prey and hold it there until the spider comes and feeds,” says Dr Sean Blamires, an evolutionary biologist at the University of…Details
“Spiders tailor their webs to their taste”, Scimex, March 17, 2015 Read the Scimex article here An international study, that includes Australians, has found that spiders will tailor their web to catch certain prey, depending on the types of nutrients they need. The study found that spiders used smaller and sticker webs to capture prey…Details