A correction and a question

Initially Joan Failo (from The Spider Club) had identified the spider skin in my previous posts Spider Skeleton I and Spider Skeleton II as being that of a female rain spider. On inspection of the close-up photos I took yesterday, she now thinks it may be a male rain spider skin.

Which brings me to a question asked by Clouded Marble: How do you distinguish between a male and female rain spider?

The answer (according to the information in the “Rain Spider mailer”* on The Spider Club site): “Males are a little slimmer than females, with smaller abdomens but longer legs.

Doesn’t that sound familiar?! 🙂 Seems females of other species are also “blessed” with wide hips and big bottoms!

[*You too can download this information piece from The Spider Club homepage here – just scroll down to the “Latest articles for you to read” section.]

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13 Comments on “A correction and a question”

  1. February 15, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    Now isn’t that just typical, hm? 🙂

  2. bagnidilucca
    February 15, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Perhaps the boys need longer legs so they can run after the girls.

    • February 15, 2011 at 9:25 am #

      Or maybe so that the boys can run away from the girls?! Some female spiders eat the male spiders after they’ve outlived their usefulness!

  3. Sarita Botha
    February 15, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Good to know it’s not just us dealing with the wide hips and the big bottoms!

  4. Estie
    February 15, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I can relate to them!

  5. February 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Evolution is such a pain in the butt!!!!! Ha Ha!

  6. February 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I now more than I ever wanted to know about spiders 😛

  7. February 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Hah! I guess that means no “beer boepies” for the male spider to make us feel a little better?

    Thanks for digging up the answer, Lisa! There’s just no way I’d be able to distinguish between male and female of the ones that come visit me, though. At least not while they’re alive.

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