She mates and she kills

Oct 07 2010 Published by under Biology & Environment

Redback Spider

Miss her, kiss her, love her, wrong move you’re dead

If yesterday's post about black and brown widows made you want to learn more about venomous spiders, you should check out DN Lee's latest post at SouthernPlayalisticEvolutionMusic. Her look at sexual cannibalism in Latrodectus spiders (like black widows) is set to Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe.

Alternatively, if you prefer your cannibalistic spider-like creatures in science fictional form, you should read James Tiptree Jr.'s "Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death".  If you don't have a copy of Tiptree's stories,  you can read the Nebula-winning tale at the old SciFiction site (dead, but still accessible through the Internet Archive).

When I see your littlest hunting claws upraised my whole gut melts, it floods me. I am all tender jelly. Tender! Oh, tender-fierce like a Mother, I think! Isn't that how a Mother feels? My jaws are sluicing juice that isn't hunger-juice—I am choking with fear of frighting you or bruising your tininess—I ache to grip and knead you, to eat you in one gulp, in a thousand nibbles—

2 responses so far

  • DNLee says:

    Great post, both of them. I had no idea there were Brown Widows...and yellow or orange violin on the belly? That's it, that's what I'm going to be for Halloween...orange is my signature color, you know.