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Black widows found on supermarket grapes in several states

Yvonne Whalen was washing red grapes in her kitchen Thursday afternoon when she felt something strange. She looked down, only to spot a long black spider leg coming up over one of the grapes—followed by its body.

Can male black-widow spiders reduce the risk of being devoured?

A study has found that male black-widow spiders are able to reduce the risk of being devoured by their mating partner by detecting and courting well-fed females. By sensing if the female is satiated the male can achieve passing his genes and stay alive.

Man Killed by Pet Spider, Eaten by Creepy Crawlies

Mark Voegel, 30, was found dead in his Dortmund, Germany apartment. His body was draped in spider webs and more than 200 spiders, several snakes, thousands of termites, and a gecko were feasting on his corpse.
 

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Ventral view of Latrodectus hesperus male. The large disks on the end of the spider s pedipalps are ...
Ventral view of Latrodectus hesperus male. The large disks on the end of the spider's pedipalps are used by the male to transfer the sperm to the female.
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