What a way to go I suppose .... lol
I'm with David -- it's sad.
Your post had me looking up the reasons for cannibalism in spiders. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on the subject but, as expected, most explanations seem to stem from the evolutionary advantage provided by the "sacrifice." Thanks for providing a learning opportunity!
very interesting, Kris. In this case the male spider wasn't eaten, but did die after mating. A sacrifice, still, I guess, in evolutionary terms it wasn't needed any more.
Oh i didn't know that they are like praying mantis too! It is my first time to hear that, and i also like the comments above by Kris Peterson. Searching is also my first thought but after reading his comment i just let it. However, the next time i see this long legs i will observe mor, thanks.
I find spiders endlessly fascinating. They are such different species to us, one of the major differences that we are social and they live solitary lives.