For female Mediterranean tarantulas, eating a male means having tougher and more baby spiders
One’s company and two’s — lunch.
In nature, female Mediterranean tarantulas rarely eat the first male they mate with, reports Jordi Moya-Lara±o of the Arid Zone Experimental Station in
About a third of the females studied in their natural habitats ate at least one suitor, Moya-Lara±o and his colleagues report online October 22 in PLoS ONE. And dining instead of mating worked out well for the females.