3.31.2005

Spider Porn!

Professor P.Z. Myers has a wonderful examination (with pictures!) of the mating rituals of spiders.

Another important and dangerous step is flagging down a willing female. Spiders often have elaborate courtship rituals, with fancy dancing, wig-wagging palps, and fragrant pheromones, all working to convince the female, who is a ferocious predator, that the male is friendly and conspecific and wouldn't she like a little wink-wink-nudge-nudge instead of or before eating him? I can sympathize. I remember when I first asked my wife-to-be out on a date in high school, and I was as nervous as if there were a worry that she might sink her fangs into my skull, inject my cranium with digestive enzymes, and slurp my brains out like a tasty oatmeal milkshake. With spiders, they might really do that.


It's like I'm actually learning something, albeit weird stuff.

Read comment #9 for that extra special scientific bonus fact.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...blinded by science...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

>there were a worry that she might sink her fangs into my skull, inject my cranium with digestive enzymes, and slurp my brains out like a tasty oatmeal milkshake.

I was planning on it, but I kept putting it off and then we broke up.

Are you free for dinner tonight?

M

Mr. X said...

Possibly, but I'm going to be sure to contort into one of those positions where you don't have easy access to my skull.

I just need a couple of hours to charge my face up with sperm.

Yours truly,
Mr. X

...the in joke...

Robert said...

caught spider flirting on crappy digital cam, before and after....... missed the dead...crap!~