Friday, 19 August 2011
before, but I had the chance of observing this pair of spiders courting in the garden yesterday and take some photos. The male is larger, reddish, with an elongated abdomen and very large chelicerae. The female, at the back, has a rounded abdomen with a black and white pattern. As you can see in the bottom photo, there is a recent moult hanging from the web - I presume is the female's, as I cannot see the large chelicers of the male. In this species, the male does a form of mate guarding, sharing the female's web to wait until she has moulted and therefore she is ready for mating, and fending other approaching males off. The male vibrated its pedipalps and abdomen and slowly approached the female.