China Posted February 17, 2011 Share Posted February 17, 2011 Mosquito-eating spider likes smelly socks A spider that preys on the malaria-carrying mosquito Anopheles gambiae is attracted to the odour of sweaty socks, according to a study. Scientists in the UK and Kenya used previously worn socks in an experiment to find out if the spider, like its prey, was attracted to human odours. The jumping spider appears to have evolved an affinity for smelly human feet in order to help find its prey. The team reports its findings in the journal Biology Letters. They say that people might be able to "recruit" this East African jumping spider, Evarcha culicivora, in the battle against malaria by encouraging the arachnids to live in their homes. The jumping spiders can kill 20 mosquitoes in one "feeding frenzy" Click on the link for the full article Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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