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01. Funnel-web spider (Agelena Limbata), male, approaching female's web.
Taken: Oct 18, 2008
02. The male approaches the female in her "funnel" cave. Apparently, pheromones emitted from the male have an anesthetic effect on the female, and she immediately enters a catatonic state (if only it were that easy . . .).
03. The male climbs onto the female in a "69" posture, possibly to avoid her jaws.
04. He rolls her onto her side, exposing her "naughty bits" (the epigynum), located just at the juncture of the abdomen and the cephalothorax.
The male repeatedly patted his pedipalp on the epigynum of the female, transferring the sperm. Between pats, he would return his pedapalps to his mouth area, as though he were having to do something to draw out the sperm (just a guess).
Pedipalp is fully against female's body
Taken: Oct 9, 2011
Taken: May 28, 2009
Once again, behind the furry side of the pedipalp can be seen the "fleshy" exposed side, fully against the female's side.
(Enlargement of previous frame)
This continued for a couple of hours. Along the way, the male flipped the female over on the other side and used his other pedipalp to impregnate her as well.
Here he's using his left pedipalp; he used his right one when he had her on the other side.
The instant he was done, he jumped quickly away and ran to the other side of the nest to avoid being eaten. The female was also instantly up and ran back into her funnel nest.
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