Bowl and Doily Spiders mating
Kenny and I were hiking at Haw Ridge when I spotted a spider in a web on the side of the trail. Suddenly, I noticed it had WAY too many legs! The 2 spiders were mating! It was interesting to see how the male courted her. Her abdomen was facing upward. The male had the back of his head next to her mouth (a dangerous place to be!). He rapidly beat his 2 black pedipalps on the upper section of her abdomen to get her "warmed up", so to speak! She had a black tube that he would pluck with the pedipalps. His corkscrew-like organs (visible in this photo) would come out of the palps to finish the job. I have to word this very carefully! :) This was a very difficult shot to get because the wind was blowing!