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Old 08-14-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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"Now THIS is Recycling: Jumping Spiders Using Dragonfly Exuviae"

From Northwest Dragonflier: Now THIS is Recycling: Jumping Spiders Using Dragonfly Exuviae

"When dragonflies emerge and become adults they not only abandon their submerged lifestyle, but they leave behind a natural, albeit temporary, cavity clinging to some above-water surface like a plant, a log, a rock, or even just on the ground. This is their final exuvia—their ultimate nymphal (or larval, if you prefer) exoskeleton within which metamorphosis took place before emergence."
"A few years ago Tim Manolis discovered in California that the jumping spider Sassacus vitis uses these translucent cavities as roosting sites and nurseries. The ultimate in green housing! He has since found two other species using dragonfly exuviae: Sitticus palustris and the ant-mimicking Peckhamia (near americana), although the latter may not be a regular user. It turns out that this behavior was known in Europe although it doesn’t appear that it has been investigated very thoroughly."
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Old 08-18-2011, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hmmmm I'll have to looking into it...them.
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