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Take an eight-legged walk on the wild side with Spiders Alive! This exciting exhibit dives into the world of spiders, scorpions and their relatives with more than a dozen LIVE species from around the world on display. Discover the unique traits and characteristics of this diverse group of animals at this interactive, family-friendly experience!
Exhibit Opens Jan. 28, 2023
Join us for a special member preview event for the Spiders Alive! exhibition! In her family-friendly talk, arachnologist (scientist who studies spiders) Dr. Lisa Taylor will discuss the extravagant and brilliantly colored displays that animals such as jumping spiders use to attract, impress, and deceive each other. Brush up on your spider knowledge before the event with these free coloring books Dr. Taylor’s lab created!
Light refreshments will be served.
This event is for Museum members only!
Invitation and RSVP information will be emailed in January.
RSVP is required by Friday, Jan. 20.
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Talk by Dr. Lisa Taylor, UF Department of Entomology and Nematology:
“How to Charm a Cannibalistic Mate: Insights from the Colorful Courtship Displays of Jumping Spiders”
Explore the exhibit!
Dr. Lisa Taylor’s research is driven by a fascination with biodiversity, and in particular, with the extravagant and brilliantly colored displays that arthropods use to communicate. The goal of her work is to understand the selection pressures that drive the evolution and maintenance of these colors. Current projects focus on sexual selection, sensory exploitation, and predator psychology of spiders, wasps, and other colorful but understudied arthropod groups.
Cover photo courtesy of Peeling Productions
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