Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
December 22, 2010 5:30 am
More spider close-ups from Kenya!
Picture 2: A Crowned Nursery-Web Spider (Rothus purpurissatus)from the family Pisauridae.
Nursery-Web males must bring a food-gift to the female before she will mate with him. They then build a web specifically for holding the eggs and baby spiders (hence the name Nursery-Web). Once the babies have left the web, the female eats the web and regains a percentage of the protein from the silk.
Hi Again Zarek,
As we continue to post the numerous images you have sent to us, we are reminded that despite being separated by an ocean and the equator, your description of a Crowned Nursery Web Spider’s mating habits is quite similar to related species in the family Pisauridae that live in North America.