Male Spiders Catapult off Their Mates To Avoid Sexual Cannibalism [High-Speed Video]

[ad_1] A male spider catapulting off a female during mating. These male spiders catapult at impressive speeds to flee their mates before they get eaten. After males of the orb-weaving spider Philoponella prominens mate with a female, they quickly launch themselves away, researchers report today (April 25, 2022) in the journal Current Biology. Using a […]

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Glowing Spider Fossils Prompt Breakthrough Research on Treasure Trove of Amazingly Well-Preserved Specimens

[ad_1] Fossilized spider from the Aix-en-Provence Formation in France seen in hand sample overlain with fluorescent microscopy image of the same fossil. Under normal lighting the spider fossil is hard to differentiate from the surrounding rock matrix, but when the fossil is excited by UV-illumination its chemical composition causes it to autofluorescence brightly, revealing additional […]

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