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Deadly Spider Demands Long Courtship, or Else
discovery ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | Jennifer Viegas

Posted on 10/22/2009 12:44:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Females of the Australian redback spider, one of the world's most poisonous spiders and a close relative to the black widow, demand 100 minutes of courting or else they usually cannibalize their male suitors, research finds.

Proving that bigger isn't always better in the mating game, the tiniest of males sometimes approach female redbacks after offering the critical 100 minutes of wooing and successfully mate without being eaten, according to the paper in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The study shows that puny males of this species can win at love without exerting much effort and begins to explain the extreme size differences between males and females among some spider species.

"Based upon our data of the timing of premature lethal cannibalism, it appears as though females are not tuned to select male size, but rather the duration of courtship," co-author Jeffrey Stoltz told Discovery News.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: courtship; foreplay; jpb; spider

Deadly Game Male Australian redback spiders who want to mate must provide exactly 100 minutes of courting or they are eaten by the giant female targets of their attention.


1 posted on 10/22/2009 12:44:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
I had an ex that required $100 of wooing before any mating occurred.

She's my ex because she was charging others a lot less.

2 posted on 10/22/2009 12:46:50 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Brevity: Saying a lot, while saying very little.)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL, waiting on a certain picture that surely must be coming to this thread .... :)


3 posted on 10/22/2009 12:47:05 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: JoeProBono

Wow, talk about “high maintenance.”


4 posted on 10/22/2009 12:47:42 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: Pistolshot

5 posted on 10/22/2009 12:49:29 PM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: JoeProBono

Well, at least they don’t have to listen to them.

parsy, who enjoys quietness


6 posted on 10/22/2009 12:54:46 PM PDT by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: Pistolshot

7 posted on 10/22/2009 1:01:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

***this species can win at love without exerting much effort***

Yeah Baby!


8 posted on 10/22/2009 1:11:43 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe the smaller males are eaten less often because they are not enough of a meal to be worth the trouble.


9 posted on 10/22/2009 1:13:48 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Pistolshot

LOL!!!


10 posted on 10/22/2009 1:14:17 PM PDT by silverleaf ("For America today, decline is not a condition. Decline is a choice"- Krauthammer)
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To: randomhero97

11 posted on 10/22/2009 1:14:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Sixty-minute man
They call me Lovin' Dan
I rock 'em, roll 'em all night long
I'm a sixty-minute "CHOMP!"
12 posted on 10/22/2009 1:15:48 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Pistolshot

**....begins to explain the extreme size differences between males and females among some spider species.**

Sometimes little things do mean a lot;)


13 posted on 10/22/2009 1:16:10 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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To: F15Eagle

14 posted on 10/22/2009 1:16:32 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: parsifal

15 posted on 10/22/2009 1:17:53 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Jewbacca

Cute little girl there ... I hope that ugly wench in the spider-suit doesn’t hurt her.


16 posted on 10/22/2009 1:18:33 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JoeProBono

17 posted on 10/22/2009 1:21:24 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Brevity: Saying a lot, while saying very little.)
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To: JoeProBono
Females of the Australian redback spider, one of the world's most poisonous spiders and a close relative to the black widow, demand 100 minutes of courting or else they usually cannibalize their male suitors, research finds.

If your courtship ritual lasts 4 hours or more, please consult an arachnologist.

18 posted on 10/22/2009 1:22:23 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Soon everyone will win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush...well, except for George Bush.)
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To: JoeProBono

hey dude, you better forget the coldplay approach


19 posted on 10/22/2009 1:22:35 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Democrats scare me, the GOP infuriates me.")
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To: JoeProBono

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Never mind, I just really think I don’t wanna know...

Colonel, USAFR


20 posted on 10/22/2009 1:23:19 PM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: Jewbacca

21 posted on 10/22/2009 1:27:04 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
I'm betting the small male spiders have lots of money and drive a Ferrari.

Regards,

TS

You posted this thread just so you could post the pic at 15 didn't you? Who is she and what did she do to you?

22 posted on 10/22/2009 1:29:35 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: JoeProBono

Which just proves once again: “It isn’t the size of the ship but the motion in the ocean.....”


23 posted on 10/22/2009 1:30:37 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: JoeProBono

Gadzooks Batman!....She looks like she needs a spanking!


24 posted on 10/22/2009 1:32:29 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Foreplay or die!


25 posted on 10/22/2009 1:42:16 PM PDT by american_ranger (Never ever use DirecTV)
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To: JoeProBono
However....speaking of RedBack...

If you ever find yourself in Perth/Fremantle...

Redback Beer.

Best.

Beer.

Ever.

Wish you could get in here in USA!

26 posted on 10/22/2009 2:01:00 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Recession: friend loses his job. Depression: You lose your job. Recovery: Obama loses his job.)
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To: JoeProBono
Gerta!....You vil like it or else!...
27 posted on 10/22/2009 2:01:58 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: The Shrew


28 posted on 10/22/2009 2:05:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

O.K.!....that did it!...I’m logging off! My dinner is ruined!


29 posted on 10/22/2009 2:07:26 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: JoeProBono
I take it you don't have a Ferrari?

Regards,

TS

30 posted on 10/22/2009 2:08:10 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: JoeProBono

Yeah! Like that could get up the side of a building!


31 posted on 10/22/2009 2:08:29 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: JoeProBono

Shame on you. Now go sit in the corner!


32 posted on 10/22/2009 2:10:08 PM PDT by MaxMax (Obama can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: The Shrew

33 posted on 10/22/2009 2:13:04 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

100 minutes? That’s a short movie and a quick burger.

Works for me....sometimes...


34 posted on 10/22/2009 4:38:02 PM PDT by Moltke (DOPE will get you 4 to 8 in the Big House - HOPE will get you 4 to 8 in the White House.)
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To: Jewbacca
Holy CRAP!...is that genuine???
35 posted on 10/22/2009 10:25:26 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: JoeProBono; Pistolshot

36 posted on 10/22/2009 10:31:07 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: parsifal
Like, *PING* to post 15 -- you have often said you are afraid of women.

Was this "The One" who traumatized you so badly ? ;-)

Cheers!

37 posted on 10/22/2009 10:32:27 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Daffynition

38 posted on 10/22/2009 10:35:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Jewbacca

We have a winner!!


39 posted on 10/23/2009 1:55:02 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: grey_whiskers

Yes, that is Michelle’s dress from the convention.

Black widow symbolism was only lost on those who did not know.


40 posted on 10/23/2009 7:33:09 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: grey_whiskers

No, she doesn’t have a cast iron skillet.

parsy, who says LOL!


41 posted on 10/23/2009 8:30:23 AM PDT by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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