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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57 Comments on "Male Spiders Pay For Sex"

  1. justagirl | Nov 28, 2011 at 1:24 am |

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

  2. justagirl | Nov 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm |

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

  3. Anonymous | Nov 28, 2011 at 1:37 am |

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

    Thank god for internet porn.

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

    Thank god for internet porn.

  5. by being justagirl?

  6. goes to show all female creatures are materialistic
     

  7. goes to show all female creatures are materialistic
     

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

  9. Anonymous | Nov 28, 2011 at 2:43 am |

    “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. 

  10. GoodDoktorBad | Nov 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm |

    “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.

  11. Anonymous | Nov 28, 2011 at 2:51 am |

    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!)

  12. nuclearfishon | Nov 27, 2011 at 10:51 pm |

    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!)

  13. justagirl | Nov 28, 2011 at 2:53 am |

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

  14. justagirl | Nov 28, 2011 at 2:56 am |

    they do?

  15. simple drawing | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:00 am |

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

  16. simple drawing | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:00 am |

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

  17. simple drawing | Nov 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |

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

  18. Anonymous | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:09 am |

    Wha?

  19. simple minded | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:16 am |

    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.

  20. simple minded | Nov 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm |

    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.

  21. Simiantongue | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:24 am |

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

  22. simple minded | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:27 am |

    the masters and their precious strings

  23. simple minded | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:29 am |

    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

  24. simple minded | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:49 am |

    it also implies that males spider cary cash.

  25. simple minded | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:52 am |

    the mothers traits pass on as well…

  26. Tuna Ghost | Nov 28, 2011 at 3:59 am |

    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.  

  27. Tuna Ghost | Nov 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm |

    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.  

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. Navysealteam7 | Nov 28, 2011 at 6:47 am |

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

  31. You’ve made my year!

  32. You’ve made my year!

  33. Anonymous | Nov 28, 2011 at 9:16 am |

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

  34. 23 comments on this…

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  36. 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.   

  37. 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.   

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

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

  40.    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.

  41.    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.

  42. 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 !

  43. FrancescoMorello | Dec 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    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 !

  44. Micah Dylan | Mar 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm |

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

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