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[CRUDE LANGUAGE] Tarantula sex is weirder than you probably think... 

A lot of people are aware of the potential for violent cannibalism of the male during tarantula mating, but a lot of people don't know what the male goes through before that. Some time after reaching his ultimate molt, the relatively short-lived male tarantula will start building a sperm web. This is basically a sleeping bag made of webbing that he climbs into upside down and jizzes into. [continued]

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[CRUDE LANGUAGE] Tarantula sex is weirder than you probably think... 

When he's done, he climbs out and scoops us his sperm with the palpal bulbs at the ends of his forelimbs. He then destroys the sperm web he spent so much time laying out. Now it's time to find a mate, which involves him wandering, exposed to elements and predators, hoping to pick up the trace of a female of the same species. [continued]

[CRUDE LANGUAGE] Tarantula sex is weirder than you probably think... 

If he's lucky enough to find a receptive lady who doesn't immediately just eat him, he has to use his tibial spurs to hold her fangs at bay (if he's lucky enough to be one of the majority of species that have these hooks) while using his palpal bulbs to punch her in the cooter, hoping to land a blow that will transfer his sperm. [continued]

[CRUDE LANGUAGE] Tarantula sex is weirder than you probably think... 

I know I have a very anthropocentric view of sex but can you image sex being about masturbating into a sack, scooping up the results, and trying to smack them into someone else with one hand while using your other hand to keep them from stabbing you to death? Evolution has found a lot of unique solutions to problems. [done]

[CRUDE LANGUAGE] Tarantula sex is weirder than you probably think... 

@ajdunevent It’s a wonder that tarantulas have survived as long as they have.

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