For example, if mock-mating turns out to be a sign of a superior male, then a female that rushes to consummate a real pairing reduces her chances of being distracted by some inferior interloper.Spider shenanigans reminded meeting attendee Ned Place of Cornell University of chipmunks and other species of small mammals in which males emerge first from hibernation.When all the spiders finally developed, the researchers observed real matings.If either spider partner had participated at least once in mock sex, a pair tended to reach the point of real mating faster than two inexperienced spiders did.
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He then taps her body where the reproductive tract will eventually open.
Sexual behavior even at this stage brings some risks, such as a chance that the male spider will be killed by the potentially cannibalistic female.
So sex that can’t possibly produce offspring remains puzzling, Pruitt said.
To test the idea that such encounters might be more than wishful mistakes, he and Susan Riechert of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville set up some young spider pairs for near-matings but kept other maturing individuals isolated.