Older article, but absolutely fascinating nonetheless…

When the baby crickets hatched, researchers discovered major behavioral differences between the crickets whose mothers had faced stalking spiders and those from the spider-free enclosure. Crickets from spider-exposed mothers proved far more wary of wolf spiders: staying hidden 113 percent longer than crickets whose mothers hadn’t met a spider. The crickets with a spider-exposed mother were also found to be more likely to ‘freeze’ when they ran into spider silk or feces, a behavior that could save them from being eaten. Not surprisingly, crickets whose mothers’ had braved spiders had a higher survival rate when up against the predator.

Click here to read the full article “Cricket mothers warn offspring about spiders before they hatch” by Jeremy Hance for Mongabay.


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