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Darlingtonia pollination studies in 2006

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Flying spider:
Here is one of the little spiders, unhappy with me for plucking it from a flower and dropping it onto this pitcher top. It quickly scurried to the highest point on the pitcher, pointed its abdomen skywards, and fired a strand of web into the air. Once the wind caught the strand, the spider loosened its hold on the top of the pitcher and floated away. These spiders can fly!

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Revised: October 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005