3.The separated palp stays connected to the feminine’s epigynum for about 4 hours and apparently continues to perform independently. Within the meantime, the feminine feeds on the palpless male. In over 60% of circumstances, the feminine of the Australian redback spider kills and eats the male after it inserts its second palp into the feminine’s genital opening; the truth is, the males co-operate by making an attempt to impale themselves on the females’ fangs.
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