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bijou
11-14-2011, 12:20 PM
Male nursery web spiders sometimes "pay" for mating using worthless gifts, with a new study finding the gals are not impressed with the empty offerings.

These gifts serve as decoys: Worthless bits of flower, cotton or ant husks wrapped in silk that serve only to distract the female while the males have their way. Another trick? If not satiated, males play dead until the female thinks she has gotten away, and then he wakes up and grabs her for another go.

"The nuptial gift (an insect prey wrapped in silk) is a very important trait for mating success," study researcher Maria Jose Albo, a researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark and the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable in Uruguay, told LiveScience in an email. "Males with gifts increase the chances to be accepted by females and also prolong copulation duration, males without gifts are normally rejected or obtain short copulations."

Albo and colleagues are still perplexed as to how the gifts benefit the mama spider or her spiderlings. ...Not like humans at all, nope, not one bit (http://news.yahoo.com/8-legged-sex-trick-spiders-worthless-gifts-play-114807706.html) :rolleyes::D

SarasotaRepub
11-14-2011, 09:35 PM
HA!!! I mean...nerver mind.:eek::D

Kay
11-14-2011, 09:46 PM
"Males with gifts increase the chances to be accepted by females
and also prolong copulation duration, males without gifts are normally
rejected or obtain short copulations."

I see nothing wrong with this.

Starbuck
11-14-2011, 11:16 PM
while the females examined the gifts, the males spent their time mating with her......
Somehow, it's just.......sad.:D

noworries
11-14-2011, 11:24 PM
I see nothing wrong with this.

I agree Kay;)

noonwitch
11-15-2011, 12:02 PM
Somehow, it's just.......sad.:D


"Okay, sweetie, as long as I don't have to put down this iphone you just gave me."

Novaheart
11-15-2011, 12:19 PM
"The nuptial gift (an insect prey wrapped in silk) is a very important trait for mating success,"

I ran a search for "spider prostitute" but nothing funny turned up.

Tipsycatlover
11-15-2011, 02:42 PM
Female Penguins do the same thing. They will trade sex for stones. They use stones to make their nests, and getting a guy Penguin to bring the stones is less work for them.