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Animal Action: Redback Spider -

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Amorous male redbacks soon find out how fatal their attraction can be. Video, taken by researchers
at the University of Toronto in Canada, depicts the macabre nocturnal antics of the redback spider.


Red back spiders... Known for hanging out in the dunny and their nasty little bite. But have you
ever stopped to think about their sex life? Biologists from the University of Toronto recently
observed the gruesome antics red backs indulge in after lights out. The female is definitely the
dominant sex, and can be up to hundred times heavier than the male. And she can be very daunting.
This one brushes a male aside as he approaches. A smaller male sneaks onto the web and copulates...
while the larger male continues his courtship dance. He plucks his love ballad on her web... to
entice her. But she has other plans. Once mated, she's hungry for more than love. Maybe he'll
survive her potentially deadly love bite. Maybe not. A sneak peek into the macabre and
cannibalistic world of the red back spider.