Dinner and a Date: Mating Running Crab Spiders

Subject:  Male running crab spider mates with female while she eats and guards an egg sac
Geographic location of the bug:  Portland, Oregon
Date: 07/15/2022
Time: 12:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman, I thought you might enjoy these photos I took of this male Philodromus sp running crab spider I came across that was trying to mate with a female who was simultaneously feeding on a fly and guarding an egg sac. I’ve never seen anything like this before.
I hope you enjoy the photos!
How you want your letter signed:  Michael Davis

Mating Running Crab Spiders

Dear Michael,
We love your photos of Running Crab Spiders mating while she simultaneously watches eggs and eats.  We have always heard that women are better than multitasking than men, which your images clearly illustrate, and this randy fellow obviously has a one track mind.  We also love that we can tag this as both Bug Love and Food Chain.

Mating Running Crab Spiders
Mating Running Crab Spiders

1 thought on “Dinner and a Date: Mating Running Crab Spiders”

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I’m battling Covid right now and this was a nice surprise that definitely brightens my day.


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