The Amazing Courtship of Orb-Weaving Spiders

Ever wonder how spiders make babies? Of course you have.

To minimize his chance of being eaten, the male will often attempt to mate

Male orb weaving spiders are usually smaller than the females

After a female orb weaver mates, she will often

Cephalothorax: the fused head and thorax of spiders and other arthropods

Pedipalp: each of the second pair of appendages attached to the cephalothorax of most arachnids. They are variously specialized as pincers in scorpions, sensory organs in spiders

Courtship: the behavior of animals aimed at attracting a mate.

Manipulate: handle or control (a tool, mechanism, etc.), typically in a skillful manner

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