Research Reveals Spiders Practice Bondage With Mates

Spiders engage in a weird bondage practice with their mates, new research finds.

“Previous research suggested that male nursery web spiders (Pisaurina mira) might have an unusual way of protecting themselves from sexual cannibalism — they tie up females with silk before and during sex. Scientific descriptions of the encounters read a bit like excerpts from an arachnid version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

First, male nursery web spiders slowly approach females to see if they are receptive. If a female likes her suitor, the spiders next play a little footsie, with the male gently touching his front legs to her hind legs. After this foreplay, they hurry off to a place where they can both dangle freely upside-down on threads of silk. The male then wraps the female’s legs in a veil of silk, cradles her with his legs, and enters the female. When the female finally gets fidgety, the male retreats to safety while she frees herself.” [READ MORE]

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