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Coin Spiders (Herennia multipuncta, Nephilidae)

Posted by
itchydogimages (Pu'er, China) on 24 February 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A typically large female Coin Spider (right) with her diminuative attendant male on the left. The much smaller males mutilate and sever their pedipalps, which are often found stuck in the female genital openings. It is suggested that they act as mating plugs to prevent other males from mating with the female and thereby ensure the paternity of offspring. The males cannot mate subsequently and such "eunuch" individuals continue to stay near the female.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

SONY DSC-R1 1/160 second F/16.0 ISO 160 72 mm

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jay from MUMBAI, India


24 Feb 2012 5:47am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Stunning capture.

24 Feb 2012 12:04pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Lovely frame , nice texture .

24 Feb 2012 12:56pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!

26 Feb 2012 9:17pm

1/160 second
ISO 160
72 mm