Spider Porn!

Professor P.Z. Myers has a wonderful examination (with pictures!) of the mating rituals of spiders.

Another important and dangerous step is flagging down a willing female. Spiders often have elaborate courtship rituals, with fancy dancing, wig-wagging palps, and fragrant pheromones, all working to convince the female, who is a ferocious predator, that the male is friendly and conspecific and wouldn’t she like a little wink-wink-nudge-nudge instead of or before eating him? I can sympathize. I remember when I first asked my wife-to-be out on a date in high school, and I was as nervous as if there were a worry that she might sink her fangs into my skull, inject my cranium with digestive enzymes, and slurp my brains out like a tasty oatmeal milkshake. With spiders, they might really do that.

It’s like I’m actually learning something, albeit weird stuff.

Read comment #9 for that extra special scientific bonus fact.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

…blinded by science…

0 thoughts on “Spider Porn!”

  1. >there were a worry that she might sink her fangs into my skull, inject my cranium with digestive enzymes, and slurp my brains out like a tasty oatmeal milkshake.

    I was planning on it, but I kept putting it off and then we broke up.

    Are you free for dinner tonight?

    M

  2. Possibly, but I’m going to be sure to contort into one of those positions where you don’t have easy access to my skull.

    I just need a couple of hours to charge my face up with sperm.

    Yours truly,
    Mr. X

    …the in joke…

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