Spiders become more aggressive after extreme weather, study says

CNET | 8/22/2019 | Bonnie Burton
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Extreme weather like hurricanes appears to make spiders more aggressive, according to scientists who've been keeping a close eye on the species Anelosimus studiosus on North America's Atlantic coast.

The study from researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and the University of California at Santa Barbara was published this week in the journal Ecology and Evolution. The researchers observed that when powerful storms (which many scientists say are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change) affect spiders' habitats, their behavior changes too.

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If you spot the spider species Anelosimus studiosus after a storm, it might be best to stay away.

"It is tremendously important to understand the environmental impacts of these 'black swan' weather events on evolution and natural selection," lead author Jonathan Pruitt said in a statement from McMaster University.

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