Most species of spiders are solitary predators. Yet around two percent of spider species have evolved to live in social groups with extensive maternal care or complex cooperative colonies of hundreds of thousands of spiders.
Dr. Linda Rayor of the Department of Entomology researches the social aspects of spiders, in particular the social huntsman spiders, which live a dramatic life of cooperation and conflict. What do the social spiders get out of living with tens to hundreds of their closest of kin? Find out as Dr. Rayor discusses her research on large, gorgeous social huntsman spiders and different aspects of the behavior of spiders.