A recent study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati indicates that male wolf spiders have a unique method of attracting their mates. The breed of arachnid, found in the eastern U.S. and Canada, adjusts its seduction methods in order to accommodate the surface on which they are trying to woo their mate.
The spider breed typically attracts females by using vibrations or visual cues. The research indicates that spiders change their tactic depending on the surface they are standing upon, whether it be leaves, soil, rock or wood.
Scientists placed the spiders on different surfaces and revealed that arachnids who were standing on leaves were much more likely to seduce a mate via vibrations. The researchers also found that when given the choice, most male wolf spiders opted to stay on leaf remnants rather than other less successful surfaces.
"Importantly, this indicates that the spiders likely recognized the difference between habitats and the efficacy of signaling via vibrations on leaf litter," said Shira Gordon, one of the researchers involved with the study. Research such as this may help animals
in the long-run, as scientists gain more understanding of their behaviors.
Wolf spiders received their name because they hunt down their prey rather than using conventional webs, according to WolfSpiders.org.