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Zoologger: Female spider kills male to attract a mate

Zoologger: Female spider kills male to attract a mate

New Scientist

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Treat them mean, keep them keen? Female praying mantis and black widow spiders are notorious for their tendency to kill and eat males before, during or after sex. The behaviour is clearly risky, though – not least because the scent of a dead rival hardly encourages other males to try their luck.

Or so we thought. For male Pennsylvania grass spiders, the whiff of dead male seems to be exactly what they look for in a mate. They are far more likely to approach a female if she has recently killed and eaten a male. Read more on newscientist.com…