The tarantula has a ritualistic mating pattern which begins with the male spinning a web and depositing its sperm on the surface. Then they copulate by using their pedipalps (short leg-like appendages by their mouth) and then the male tries to scuttle away as quickly as possible, as the female will eat her mate if she has the chance to! The female then seals the eggs and sperm in a cocoon and will hatch between 500 and 1,000 young ones within the next six to nine weeks.
Mirror Spider Thwaitesia sp., Singapore - Wow. WOW. Bay captured this shimmering spider as it transformed itself from a somewhat rhinestone-studded arachnid into a solid wall of spider mirror. The shiny, reflective patches on this spider’s abdomen may be produced by guanine crystals, which can be a source of structural color in arthropods. Also commonly referred to as a “sequined” spider, the arachnid is a member of the Thwaitesia genus.
Giant Atlas Moth. One of the world’s largest insects and usually seen in Malaysia and south-east Asia, a foot-long one was found in Lancashire in the U.K. last year. The females are larger and heavier than the males and live only for a week, just long enough to reproduce.