Did you know that spiders eat each other for fun? Interestingly enough, this concept is prevalent amongst spiders. In this article, it says that women spiders “consume the mail spider either before or after copulation” (Livescience.com). Therefore, if the male is lucky, and perhaps “on his game”, he will have the privilege of mating before he is instantly a post coitus entrée. The real question is, “why do female spiders consume their mating partners before, during, or after sex?”
There are actually a few reasons why women spiders engage in this pursuit (eating males). By consuming male spiders, the female spiders “provide a nutritional advantage, or rid the population of an undesirable father.”
What I found to be excessively comical, however, is that female spiders actually have preferences towards whom they want to mate with. How in the world could this be the case when essentially every male spider has similar characteristics and appearances as the male spider next to them? Female spiders are definitely picky towards whom they would like to mate with. And, unfortunately, if the female doesn’t like the appearance of the male spider at a first glance, dinner is served.
Aside from those two observations, scientists have also concluded in this article that “perhaps the spider is just hungry, and she might have impulse control”.
Female spiders can detect male spiders in poor condition versus those in optimal condition, and, obviously no woman wants a weak man. Well, interestingly enough, women spiders share the same thought process. They are naturally inclined to the stronger looking spider, and, if you don’t meet their requirements, prepare to be a meal. All I can say is, I am sure glad that I am not a spider.