Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017 . Leucauge venusta: music and mating

This morning, a real treat: Watching male and female Leucauge Venusta

Male (upper right) and female (lower left)

Male approaches and is rebuffed by the female

He uses his 3rd legs to pluck the radial strands of her web

The female

More plucking - hoping he will find the tune she wants

Here is a video of a failed approach and then success - after a lot of plucking the radial web strands.

The couple configuration (unable to make the formating work properly)


In the coupled configuration

A close view of the male injector inserted into the female epigyn

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