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Volume 99, Issue 2-3, Pages 153-168

Predatory Behavior of the Basilica Spider, Mecynogea Lemniscata (Araneae, Araneidae)

1Department of Entomology, 114 Long Hall, Clemson University, Clemson 29634, South Carolina, USA
2Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville 32604, Florida, USA

Received 30 April 1992

Copyright © 1992 Marianne B. Willey et al.


Females of Mecynogea lemniscata (Walckenaer) are generalist predators. Sixteen behavioral acts were described for M. lemniscata preying on house flies, carpenter ants, and Asiatic oak weevils in the field and laboratory. Behavioral sequences varied with prey type, but generally began with plucking and diverged there-after. The predatory behavior of M. lemniscata is most similar to that of the higher araneids.