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same 2 spiders mating
Mar 1, 2012 12:13:24   #
tinusbum Loc: east texas
 
it looks they are passing eggs? tom
Spermatophore on palps
Spermatophore on palps...


Empty palps
Empty palps...

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Mar 1, 2012 17:08:41   #
Nikonian72 Loc: Long Beach CA
 
tinusbum wrote:
it looks they are passing eggs?
This is an amazing sequence:
The male (small spider) is passing a spermatophore (sac of sperm seen in image #1) from his specialized front legs, called palps (image #2) to the female's epigyne (receptacle designed to hold and nourish the sperm until eggs are laid).

http://albert-burchsted.suite101.com/when-orb-weaver-spiders-make-love-the-male-has-to-be-careful-a391486
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xzgGMCdBB4

Absolutely excellent capture!
Spermatophore on palps: cropped image
Spermatophore on palps: cropped image...
Empty palps; notice spermatophore now in female's epigyne: cropped image
Empty palps; notice spermatophore now in female's ...

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Mar 1, 2012 18:34:38   #
tinusbum Loc: east texas
 
thank you !!!!!

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Mar 1, 2012 20:28:31   #
Nikonian72 Loc: Long Beach CA
 
I forgot to mention:
Female probably ate male, once transfer was complete.

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Mar 1, 2012 23:22:59   #
travlnman46 Loc: Yakima WA
 
Nikonian72 wrote:
I forgot to mention:
Female probably ate male, once transfer was complete.


Hi Nikonian72.... Now why doesn't that suprise me.... Hmmmmm ?... lol

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Mar 2, 2012 14:52:46   #
tinusbum Loc: east texas
 
i went back today,it was to windy to take pics.the female was the only one i saw.tom

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