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DailyDirt: Sneaky Little Spiders

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Spiders exhibit a wide variety of fascinating behaviors that are intriguingly complex. They don't just build nice webs and trap unsuspecting insects. Spiders have bizarre mating rituals that seem to suggest a surprising amount of intelligence for their size. Here are just a few examples. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Hephaestus (profile), 7 Feb 2012 @ 5:33pm

    You so need to get out more ... :p

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    Michael Ho (profile), 7 Feb 2012 @ 5:53pm

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    Spiders are cool... but yes, I probably do need to get out more...

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Feb 2012 @ 7:12pm

    *cough* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpactea_sadistica might have deserved a mention*cough*

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    Pixelation, 7 Feb 2012 @ 10:17pm

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    "I probably do need to get out more..."

    Just don't go snapping off your genitals in the opposite sex.

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    Michael Ho (profile), 7 Feb 2012 @ 10:45pm

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    nice find. for those too lazy to click through to wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpactea_sadistica#Traumatic_insemination

    H. sadistica is the first spider species and the first member of the entire subphylum Chelicerata found to use traumatic insemination.[2] The males have specialized genital structures at the pedipalps that are adapted to grip the female and inject the sperm, using a structure resembling a hypodermic needle. After positioning himself, the male pierces the female on both sides and injects the sperm directly into the ovaries, resulting in about eight holes in two rows. Consistent with the modified mating behavior, the spermathecae of the female, which normally store received sperm, are weakly developed in this species.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Feb 2012 @ 7:48am

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    Have you ever heard of the itsy Bitsy spider?

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Feb 2012 @ 2:35pm

    Spiders, humans...they never learn.

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 8 Feb 2012 @ 11:43pm

    Gifts Wrapped In Silk?

    So its not just Daryl Hannah who appreciates the packaging more than the contents?

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    cocofireah (profile), 4 Mar 2012 @ 11:24pm

    I probably do need to get out more...

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