Learn about wolf spiders via Zoom March 15

What they tell us about the ecosystem, evolution and animal communication


Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host a Zoom program Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., which will feature Dr. Alex Sweger with a program on spider behavior.

Spiders are a diverse group of animals which occupy a central location in the food webs of nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. In forest, field, and agricultural systems, wolf spiders are a major predator of small insects, as well as food for larger vertebrate animals, and their sensory and communication systems have adapted to the intricacies of these interactions. Not only do they play an important role as both predators and prey, but they also exhibit complex behaviors and mating systems, which raises interesting questions about how both their physical and social environments have shaped their evolution.

This talk will provide an overview of spider biology and ecology, with a focus on a series of different projects, all involving undergraduate student researchers.

These studies serve as examples of how wolf spiders can be used to answer questions about: 1) how the environment can shape the evolution of animal communication signals, and 2) how synthetic pesticides can have unintended effects on an ecosystem.

To register click here.