Arachnophobes beware: if the sight of spiders with their many moving legs raises your blood pressure and makes you queasy or if the feel of spider webs gives you the heebie jeebies, you might really hate spider sex. If any aspect of the arachnid life displays just how diverse, strange and downright scary these animals are, it is definitely spider mating. During spider mating, the male spider deposits sperm into a sperm web then draws that sperm into his pedipalps. He uses his pedipalps to insert the sperm into both the female spider's genital openings, or epigynum.
Spiders have some seriously creepy sex habits
3 Things That Make Spider Sex Horrifying - Seeker
The male spider's primary objective in life is to impregnate one or more female spiders before other males can. As it turns out, this is no easy task in most species. The first obstacle is actually finding a female spider. Most spider species are completely solitary animals, meaning they live and feed on their own, and they are generally spread out over a wide area, making an available female relatively scarce. The male spider has the daunting task of tracking down a sexually mature, receptive female in the area before other males can get there. In most species, the female makes it easier on the males by "advertising" herself with pheromones , communicative chemicals.
3 Things That Make Spider Sex Horrifying
And you thought humans had crazy sex lives? Mounting evidence in recent years shows just how crazy spider sex is. For example, in the case of redback spiders Latrodectus hasselti , courtship tends to last an average of 50 minutes when males are competing head-to-head for mating rights and 4.
An eight-legged love tragedy may go something like this: The male spider approaches the female, who is four times his size. She scuttles away, but he creeps closer and closer. Finally, he takes hold of her with his spindly legs, climbs aboard and inserts his "penis" into her genital opening and discharges a jet of sperm. Then — quite abruptly — his legs curl underneath his body, he hangs motionless from his lover, and his heart stops beating.