Male Spiders Pay For Sex

Nursery Web SpiderVia PhysOrg:

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 prey has already been eaten (presumably by the male himself!).

Males will also ‘play dead’ if a female moves away and then attempt to re-establish mating. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology examines the reproductive success of deceitful males and shows that females are not impressed by worthless gifts.

Male spiders were provided with either a potential gift of a fly, or a worthless item, such as a cotton wool ball, a dry flower head, a prey leftover (previously eaten housefly), or no gift at all. All the gifts were approximately the same size, so the females would not be able to tell what the gift was without unwrapping it. Males that offered any gift were more likely to successfully mate than males without. However the length of time the females allowed males with worthless gifts to spend transferring sperm was shorter than those with edible gifts (and even shorter for those with no gift at all!).

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  • justagirl

    omg.  that is so cuuute!  how can i love and hate a creature as such?!

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      by being justagirl?

      • justagirl

        oh!  heh!  thanks.  char.. order… gradient. (?)

  • justagirl

    omg.  that is so cuuute!  how can i love and hate a creature as such?!

  • Redacted

    I got news for the world. All males of all species pay for sex.

    Thank god for internet porn.

    • justagirl

      they do?

      • Redacted

        Wha?

  • Anonymous

    I got news for the world. All males of all species pay for sex.

    Thank god for internet porn.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    by being justagirl?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1067356059 Dave James

    goes to show all female creatures are materialistic
     

    • Wren

      yeah, we should just be thankful we get to carry your seed, right?

      • Navysealteam7

        Damn straight ;D couldn’t have said it better myself…(lol)

    • cake$pie

      You’ve made my year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1067356059 Dave James

    goes to show all female creatures are materialistic
     

  • Wren

    yeah, we should just be thankful we get to carry your seed, right?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Male Spiders Pay for Sex”

    This implies that all female spiders are whores and the males are all “Johns”. Hmmmmm, real funny….and original too!! 

    Ya gotta love these headlines. They’re a real HOOT.

    • simple minded

      it also implies that males spider cary cash.

      • Redacted

        Where do you think the term “Money Spider” came from?

  • Anonymous

    “Male Spiders Pay for Sex”

    This implies that all female spiders are whores and the males are all “Johns”. Hmmmmm, real funny….and original too!! 

    Ya gotta love these headlines. There a real HOOT. 

  • nuclearfishon

    Oh how dare those rotten female spiders expect the fathers of their children to know food from inedible objects. They should just be honored to
    be falsely flattered by the guy spiders’ douche baggy high pitched little arachnid
    hipster pick up lines. Maybe if the lady is real lucky, one of these spider hotties’ll spend a few
    nights crashing at her web and leaving a mess of fross.  Whoa, girls, back off – that one’s mine. He’s so witty and charming in his slovenly uselessness…  I really want to pass those traits on to my young! That’ll help our species.(Wow, projecting human traits onto arthropods *is* hilarious, now I get the title!)

    • simple minded

      the mothers traits pass on as well…

  • Anonymous

    Oh how dare those rotten female spiders expect the fathers of their children to know food from inedible objects. They should just be honored to
    be falsely flattered by the guy spiders’ douche baggy high pitched little arachnid
    hipster pick up lines. Maybe if the lady is real lucky, one of these spider hotties’ll spend a few
    nights crashing at her web and leaving a mess of fross.  Whoa, girls, back off – that one’s mine. He’s so witty and charming in his slovenly uselessness…  I really want to pass those traits on to my young! That’ll help our species.(Wow, projecting human traits onto arthropods *is* hilarious, now I get the title!)

  • justagirl

    oh!  heh!  thanks.  char.. order… gradient. (?)

  • justagirl

    they do?

  • simple drawing

    and female spiders pay with sex for gifts. nice cycle they got there.

  • simple drawing

    and female spiders pay with sex for gifts. nice cycle they got there.

  • simple drawing

    and female spiders pay with sex for gifts. nice cycle they got there.

  • Anonymous

    Wha?

  • simple minded

    I shall control the fly suply and have male spiders do my evil biding!!! I’m pretty sure its what happens with diamonds, roses and chocolates.

  • simple minded

    I shall control the fly suply and have male spiders do my evil biding!!! I’m pretty sure its what happens with diamonds, roses and chocolates.

    • Simiantongue

      “He went to Jared” takes on a whole new sinister meaning.

      • simple minded

        the masters and their precious strings

  • Simiantongue

    “He went to Jared” takes on a whole new sinister meaning.

  • simple minded

    the masters and their precious strings

  • simple minded

    I am I am I said I’m not myself, but I’m not dead and I’m not for sale
    Hold me closer, closer let me go let me be just let me be

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVPzWkdhwrw

  • simple minded

    it also implies that males spider cary cash.

  • simple minded

    the mothers traits pass on as well…

  • Tuna Ghost

    Very interesting, despite the inherent horribleness of anything having to do with spider sex.  It’s bad enough knowing that spiders have genitals (although I can’t imagine where they keep them), I refuse to acknowledge that they ever use them.  

  • Tuna Ghost

    Very interesting, despite the inherent horribleness of anything having to do with spider sex.  It’s bad enough knowing that spiders have genitals (although I can’t imagine where they keep them), I refuse to acknowledge that they ever use them.  

  • Nunzio X

    Spider whore,
    Spider whore,
    She knows what that thing
    ‘tween her eight legs is for.
    Can she fuck?
    Like a champ
    No spider John calls her a tramp.
    Look out,
    Here comes the spider whore!

  • Nunzio X

    Spider whore,
    Spider whore,
    She knows what that thing
    ‘tween her eight legs is for.
    Can she fuck?
    Like a champ
    No spider John calls her a tramp.
    Look out,
    Here comes the spider whore!

  • Navysealteam7

    Damn straight ;D couldn’t have said it better myself…(lol)

  • cake$pie

    You’ve made my year!

  • cake$pie

    You’ve made my year!

  • Anonymous

    Where do you think the term “Money Spider” came from?

  • gil

    23 comments on this…

  • gil

    23 comments on this…

  • Chadisan

    So, a male’s deceit wears off, and may prompt retribution from the female, but if he truly brings a gift worth giving, he gets to mate, then be eaten alive by the female.  Hmmmm!  Let me think!  Deceit . . . gift . . . deceit . . . gift . . . .  I’m going with deceit, and I’ll keep my head(s) attached to my body.  Thank you.   

  • Chadisan

    So, a male’s deceit wears off, and may prompt retribution from the female, but if he truly brings a gift worth giving, he gets to mate, then be eaten alive by the female.  Hmmmm!  Let me think!  Deceit . . . gift . . . deceit . . . gift . . . .  I’m going with deceit, and I’ll keep my head(s) attached to my body.  Thank you.   

  • Chadisan

    Playing dead is just not fair.  Males should play by the rules;  bring worthy gifts, give the seed free of charge, then die!  

  • Chadisan

    Playing dead is just not fair.  Males should play by the rules;  bring worthy gifts, give the seed free of charge, then die!  

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       I hope if any one help spider then pick him and drop in to the musam because may be some female wait any male and join him with out hesitation because this is natural effect between male and female gender in the world two main generation growth one called male and second Female.

  • http://www.headwise.net/index.php/digitalmarketing/paid-ads Paid Advertising

       I hope if any one help spider then pick him and drop in to the musam because may be some female wait any male and join him with out hesitation because this is natural effect between male and female gender in the world two main generation growth one called male and second Female.

  • Framore

    A part of the hilarious comments, that might be fun or so so… I actually feel an immense sense of wonder… after reading this.
    In fact most of us see the insects as a miniature-insignificant world, that for some kind of extens might look like inanimated or meaningless… but look at this kind of customs-rules that fill the life of these creatures.

    I just think all around us Life has the same Mind but with endless forms.

    Prepare the right gift !

  • FrancescoMorello

    A part of the hilarious comments, that might be fun or so so… I actually feel an immense sense of wonder… after reading this.
    In fact most of us see the insects as a miniature-insignificant world, that for some kind of extens might look like inanimated or meaningless… but look at this kind of customs-rules that fill the life of these creatures.

    I just think all around us Life has the same Mind but with endless forms.

    Prepare the right gift !

  • Micah Dylan

    if you give women spiders gifts they’re more likely to have sex with you? i wonder if that would work with human women?