85% capture rate! That’s closing in on dragonfly efficiency. The article closes with a biomolecular engineer:
"Dr. Bhamla says humans don’t treat arachnids and insects “as being capable of building tools; we think of humans and primates being the ones doing it.” He added, “Now you have these spiders, which have come up with another way to go after these ants.”
Does spider web ‘roping’ then fit the formal definition of animal tool use?
Interesting tidbit about how rare it is for spiders to attach ants (less than 1% of spider species).
Pretty cool stuff. Spiders are just amazing.
For “my” spider (Stegodyphus) ants are the biggest enemy. Spider are bad ass hunters… ants going after spiders are even more bad ass … and spider going for ants…ya well, you guessed it :-D