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Kasey Fowler-Finn

Kasey Fowler-Finn

Milwaukee, WI

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Toby - I have seen some behavior that was expected, and some unexpected. This has been a great way to start thinking about their mating a little differently. I am going to post a video today that shows some of the ways females reject the males. In some species it is quite violent, in others the males "get the point" pretty quickly!
Jul 23, 2014
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Just FYI - the camera is capturing higher quality videos than what is posted. The files are just too big to post to youtube as the full resolution! It is amazingly crisp. This camera is fantastic!
Jul 22, 2014
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George - already recorded 64 GB of data in 3 days, which is why it is great that the funding also allowed me to purchase SD cards for video storage!
Jul 21, 2014
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If anyone has questions please ask! I had a bit more of a relaxed day today so I tried to add some notes throughout the video about what is going on. Looking forward to posting tomorrow's video!
Jul 19, 2014
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Still getting the hang of it when zooming :) it is a fantastic video camera!
Jul 19, 2014
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$34 more to raise to reach my stretch goal: I'd like to purchase a hard drive to backup the videos I capture in the field, so pass on the word. This will require only 3 people backing with $10!
Jul 10, 2014
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$44 more to go - thanks so much for every one who has backed me so far. Spread the word to anyone who might be interested in this project. Also: I'm aiming to have a 'video of the day' July 18-23 when I'm in Virginia - if I find enough species, you will see a wide variety of mating behavior!
Jul 08, 2014
Why do daddy longlegs fight during mating?
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Hi Oscar - thanks for asking! You can find them throughout most of central and eastern US and into Canada. They are one of the most common species, and once you nail down a search image, you will be seeing them everywhere!
Jul 08, 2014
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Sue/Tom: the work from this summer made possible with your backing will help answer this question! For now, the main hypothesis I am testing is that some species have far fewer females around, and so every mating attempt is critical for a male. Because females can fertilize many eggs with one mating, they don't need to mate with a ton of males. Any time spent mating is time lost that they could have spent foraging for food to grow their eggs. This conflict between males and females in how often they want to mate may lead to males being more pursuant and females being more resistant. I have a few more hypotheses that I am also testing that I will share in the field notes as my field season progresses!
Jun 30, 2014
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Thank you all so much for your support. I'm 67% there and looking for a few more backers to reach my goal! Please forward this link onto anyone you think might be interested in getting involved in a super fun project (https://experiment.com/projects/why-do-daddy-longlegs-fight-during-mating)
Jun 29, 2014
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Feel free to ask any questions that come to mind about the project or the field notes!
Jun 25, 2014
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Excited for this project to begin! Thanks in advance for your support. I'm looking forward to sharing videos of never before seen mating behavior in daddy longlegs?
Jun 23, 2014
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