for the last month i've had a beautiful Orb Weaver in my backyard, I call
her Elizabeth Marie. Every night an hour after sunset she'd build a
fantastic, very large web, and then an hour before sunset she'd dismantle
the whole thing except for one or two 'guidewires', collecting it all up
into a ball the size of a small pea.
Anyway two nights ago i went out the back and it was 1am, and two male
spiders were on her web, each about half the size of the female if that.
One was slightly larger than the other, and it just spent the whole time
just staying back, mostly a foot or more away from the female.
But the smaller male spent about 40 minutes in an interesting courtship with
the female. I took a few photos.
Alas, by about the 50th minute the male had gone from lover to victim, and
was now wrapped up in a ball of silk just under the females mouth, as she
proceeded to turn the poor lil guy into soup. Well, at least he didn't die
The next day I come out, and she's not in her normal daytime resting spot
where she had been for the last month. I waited for the night, hoping she'd
still come out to build a web, but nope.
So I'm just wondering is it normal for spiders to just *** off after sex?
my girlfriend said if it applies to me it could apply to spiders
Thanks in advance for any feedback