Paying for sex and 'playing dead' - the deceitful gift-giving spider
Male nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) prepare silk-wrapped gifts to give to potential mates. Most gifts contain insects, but some gifts are inedible plant seeds or empty exoskeletons left after the pr ...
Researchers identify spider species able to change colors
A species of crab spider is able to slowly change its color to match its background when hunting, a rare ability in the animal kingdom, says a Ball State University professor.
Orb web spiders found to be better guards after sex
Male spiders of one species lose their genitals after sex to increase sperm count in females
Discerning males remain faithful
Discerning males remain faithful ... if you are a spider. Sex for male orb web spiders (Argiope bruennichi) is a two shot affair since the act of mating destroys their genitalia. If they survive being eaten ...
Male dark fishing spiders found to die spontaneously after mating
Female spiders prefer the sperm of gift-bearing males
Research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has provided evidence that females prefer males who bring them gifts- at least in the case of the nursery web spider.
Shudder action buys time for male spider from being killed
Female spiders produce mating plugs to prevent unwanted sex from males
Scientists at the Smithsonian and their colleagues have discovered a new mechanism of animal mating plug production. In the giant wood spider Nephila pilipes, a highly sexually dimorphic and polygamous species, many small ...
When food is scarce, hungry female spiders alter mating preferences
(PhysOrg.com) -- Weather and environmental change can bring alterations and scarcity in food resources. In looking at how such changes might affect mating choices and subsequent reproduction, ...
Reversal of the black widow myth
The Black Widow spider gets its name from the popular belief that female spiders eat their male suitors after mating. However, a new study has shown that the tendency to consume a potential mate is also true of some types ...
Study finds cannibalism helps some spiders produce more offspring
Team shows how female spiders play an active role in courtship
Single women aren't passive when it comes to the world of dating, and neither are female spiders, according to researchers at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Feast or fancy? Black widows shake for love
(Phys.org) —A team of Simon Fraser University biologists has found that male black widow spiders shake their abdomens to produce carefully pitched vibrations that let females know they have "come a-courting" ...