Here’s one for ya:
Why did the tarantula cross the road?
Answer? He is looking
for one of THESE: a female’s den.
Every fall in this dusty corner of Colorado
thousands of male tarantulas get the itch to leave home
and try their luck.
They’re each sporting a new pair of tibial hooks
which males only get when it’s time to mate.
Scientists call this change “hooking out.”
Hooking out means it’s time for hooking up.
But sealing the deal is a life and death affair.
The journey alone is treacherous.
This guy has run into his worst nightmare.
He’s been stung by a tarantula hawk.
This massive wasp delivers the second most painful sting in the world
at least by human standards.
The tarantula is paralyzed in minutes.
She’ll drag him away, lay an egg on him
and use him as live baby food
This one’s survived the trek
The female tarantula’s silk blankets the ground.
This must be the place.
No doorbell, though.
So, he knocks.
He gently taps his front mouthparts, called pedipalps,
to see if she’s home.
雄狼蛛用前口器 即须肢 轻轻地拍打
Hope he’s not expecting a warm welcome.
OK, here she comes…
OK, fangs are out.
She may be a lot bigger,
but he has those hooks, remember?
And this is his chance to use them.
He clips the hooks under her fangs,
blocking her most lethal weapon…
and tipping the balance in his favor.
Now, with his much longer legs,
he lifts her body until she’s nearly upright
holding her out of striking distance.
Then, using his pedipalps, the hand-off.
The mating dance finished, he runs for his life.
求偶舞蹈结束后 为了保命 雄狼蛛很快就跑了
She’ll hold onto his little donation until she decides to make an egg sac.
Which she may not decide to do right away.
She has plenty of time.
Females sometimes live forty years, way longer than males.
His days are numbered.
As a mature male, he’ll be dead by winter.
If his luck holds, he’ll mate again,
maybe a few times, before it’s the end of the road.
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