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Bigger isn't always better for spider colonies

Giant webs catch most food when occupied by about 500 social spiders.

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  1. Yip, E. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA Early Edition, doi:10.1073/pnas.0710603105 (2008)

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Sands, T. Bigger isn't always better for spider colonies. Nature (2008).

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