Saturday, 18 January 2014

Male Spiders Must Twerk — or Be Eaten

By Stephanie Pappas, Senior Writer | January 16, 2014 07:01pm ET

Miley Cyrus may have made "twerking" a household word, but male black widow spiders are the real masters of the rump-jiggling dance move. These arachnids twerk their abdomens to avoid getting eaten by potential mates. 

The vibrations caused by the male spider's twerking travel along the females' webs, alerting the females to the presence of a potential mate, a new study finds. The vibrations are very different from the staccato, sporadic movements caused by ensnared prey.

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