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February 2, 2024

Wolf spider (Schizocosa ocreata)

A wolf spider ( Schizocosa ocreata). Researchers discovered that wolf spiders can't communicate with potential mates as easily on wet leaves, relying more on visual signals rather than chemical or vibratory cues after it rains.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant DBI 1262863.]

Learn more in the University of Cincinnati news story Rain can spoil a wolf spider’s day, too. (Date of image: 2024; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Feb. 2, 2024)

Credit: Joseph Fuqua II

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