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Wild Things: Killer Whales, Spiders and Woodpeckers

Yellow saddle goatfish, mastodon ribs and more in this month’s summary of wildlife news

Caught In A Lie

nursery web spiders
(Maria J. Albo)
In nursery web spiders, a male gives a potential mate an insect wrapped in silk. When a sneaky guy wraps up a fake offering, such as an inedible seed, a female will begin to copulate. But once she detects the deception, she will “terminate mating early for worthless gifts,” says Maria Albo of Aarhus University in Denmark.

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