Saturday, May 5, 2018

A mother black lace-weaver spider will drum on her web to call her babies to come and eat her alive

From: Tim G.
Sent: May 5, 2018
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: A mother black lace-weaver spider will drum on her web to call her babies to come and eat her alive




Reddit Comments:
My wife did this but with her time instead of herself
[–]milk4all 597 points  
Your children pierce her abdomen with their needyness instead of their mouth parts
[–]I_savor_your_pets 58 points  
Just give the kids time. Maybe they'll get there.
[–]thatoneguys 152 points 
your wife spins webs and can use them to call the kids? That's lit AF bro.
[–]JonasRahbek 99 points  
The internet is pretty common in some places.
[–]NastyWetSmear 812 points  
Strange that the article has so little information about the spider beyond this. :(
Also very odd that, for a mother that is so willing to let her young devour her whole, she's happy to lay another batch of eggs for that first batch to eat. I guess mothers really do love their first born more...
[–]IHazMagics 265 points  
As a firstborn and the black sheep, yeah man.
Mothers love their firstborn more...
[–]OgreSpider 95 points  
It's less a matter of happiness and more a numbers game where the spider's behavior is determined by a sort of simple programming more than anything conscious. Spiders that let the babies eat them had healthier babies. More of those babies reproduced, and of those, the ones that let THEIR babies eat them had stronger babies, too. There was probably a small number of spiders at some point with aberrant programming, but their offspring competed extremely well, and the genes for that aberrant programming propagated.



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