in the Life of
an Orange Spider
The Molting and Mating of Pterinochilus murinus (of the orange variety)
Tybalt only has one thing on his mind since he matured, and it's not biting!
With the exception of acting on his fear of tweezers, Tybalt has been quite docile since his penultimate molt.
The ladies love Tybalt, and Consuela (this female) rushed to greet him as soon as he played a little love song by drumming his pedipalps on her web.
In fact, she did a lot of drumming of her own!
Consuela lifts up to let Tybalt hook his spurs on her fangs.
Once hooked, Tybalt strokes the female's epigastric region rapidly.
Sometimes he unhooks for a second and the female quickly waves her pedipalps in the air.
After much stroking, Tybalt gets his palps inserted. Consuela arches way, way back. . . .
Look at that girl! Tybalt is all about satisfying his mate.
He could spend the rest of the weekend with her without fear of being attacked (mating pairs of this species usually get along great), but he's moving on.
Born sometime in November of 2000.
January 18th, 2001
February 17th (29 days)
March 29th (39 days)
May 14th (45 days)
July 30th, 2001 (76 days between molts)
|Mating Diary w/ Desdemona:
August 20th, 2001
Introduced to wild-caught female named Desdemona (WCF1)
October 29th, 2001