Apr 8, 2007

My Fragile Ego

I don't know my orb weaver spider ecology very well, but I'm assuming that is a pre-mating photo. I know that sexual dimorphism (look, I'm learning big words!) isn't uncommon in nature, but this is outrageous!

I for one am very happy not being a male spider. Not only do I not find female spiders attractive in that way (my relationships with she-spiders have always been platonic at best), but my ego is too fragile to endure the size differential you see here.


Thanks for the photo, Lance.

Photo courtesy: Lance Leopold

7 comments:

Jade said...

Yup! That's either pre- or post-mating. The male wouldn't dare to get that close otherwise.

Great photo!

AceFantastic said...

Talk about throwing a stick down a volcano...

Meg said...

Awesome shot. So how do you tell the difference between a daddy spider and a baby spider??

Denita TwoDragons said...

Is it wrong that I want desperately to 'shop a Drow's upper torso on it...? ;-P

--TwoDragons

Raging Wombat said...

No, TwoDragons, that is oh-so-right. The world needs more Driders.

Arachnophile said...

***totally rotflmao***

The Drow-torso would make the whole mini-male picture so perfect. ;)

Raptors also have rather large females. Seeing a male and female falcon side-by-side is pretty fun for us "girls". ;)

Denita TwoDragons said...

Hehehe...Sounds like I have myself a little project to do, then! Especially since I just got Corel Painter X from my darling husband...

...I'll get back to y'all, hopefully with something good. *GRIN!*

*Grabs up Wacom pad* Now where did I put that stylus...

--TwoDragons