Aug 9, 2007

Gesticulating and Clicking

Bats sent in this video. It's of a jumping spider mating ritual. My favorite part is how indifferent the female appears to be in the face of the male's gesticulating and clicking. I know how the male feels.

Thanks for the video, Bats.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! A nazi salute!!!

Furie said...

This is further analyzed here, for those interested:

http://scott.sherrillmix.com/blog/biologist/more-spider-mating-rituals-butt-drumming

bats :[ said...

Nah...that's not a nazi salute...those are **jazz hands!!**

(Spiders got hands?)

Sophie's Human said...

I know if a guy came up to me doing that, I'd pee myself from terror Yikes! It's those salutes, or whatever they are -- so intense! I'll bet he's a control-freak!

WiccanWolf said...

Male Spider: *does intricate salute thingy

Female Spider: *turns and looks at male* I'm sorry hun, I wasn't paying attention...could you repeat that?

^.".^

Lizardknits said...

I kept waiting for a foot to come down and smush both of them!

Jade said...

That video is amazing. I never get tired of it. Jumping spiders are way too smart and cute.

zeda said...

Invisible motorbike!

TeratoMarty said...

OK, it was kind of cute at first; the male looked like he was doing a little tapdance. I was kind of unnerved by the clicking/saluting thing, but I didn't really wig until he started that groaning noise. Who knew spiders could moan? Also, was this amplified, or are they really that loud? I can just imagine hanging out at home one muggy summer night and hearing this "NNNnnngh!" noise from under the couch. Eeesh.

amy said...

you are getting sleepy...

Anonymous said...

This totally freaked me out! I think I'm gonna have nightmares now. EEEEHHHHHH........

Arachnophile said...

I *HEART* this video. Jumping spiders never cease to amaze me. I need to see more about this study. Does the femail have something glued to her forehead?

Arachnophile said...

Yep, I thought so... on further reading it turns out that the female is both restrained and unconsious. She's not snubbing him on purpose. ;) They likely don't want to loose a good percentage of their test subjects to canabalism. lol

Anonymous said...

I couldn't stop laughing. It was that little drumming sound he made every time the front legs stiffened. I LOL'd.

JMorgan said...

My word! If a tarantula did that to me, I would SO be running for my life. I can't believe the little guy actually popped his 'tennas eight times consecutively!