Next time you’re tempted to complain about your relationship, you must keep in mind that spiders have a much harder time than any of us. After some male spiders mate, they need to do their best in avoiding to get killed by their female partners.
It’s also the case for the communal orb-weaving spider Philoponella prominent. This fellow jumps as far away as he can from the arms of his loved one to avoid her dark side. ScienceAlert.com explains how it happens, mentioning a new study that was published in Current Biology.
The researchers wrote in their study paper:
We found that all males (N = 30) were captured and killed by the females. These results clearly indicate that the catapulting behavior is an obligatory component of the male mating repertoire and a strategy to avoid the females’ attempts at post-mating sexual cannibalism.
But surely you’re wondering why such a dreadful phenomenon happens in the first place. Shichang Zhang, an animal behaviorist from the Hubei University of Wuhan (China), explained as ScienceAlert.com quotes:
Females may use this behavior to judge the quality of a male during mating,
If a male could not perform catapulting, then kill it, and if a male could perform it multiple times, then accept its sperm.
It’s even possible for a spider to mate with the same female six times, just in case you were thinking that animals can’t be faithful to their sexual partners. Maybe some humans could learn a thing or two from them. Of course, the spider will have to bounce off the female after every round.
And we thought that humans were weird enough when it comes to mating. Look at what spiders do!