While the other tourists and guides were focussing on tracking the Tiger, we witnessed an eccentric side of life of a spider in one of our safaris at Bandhavgarh. While a female spider was busy in killing a beetle caught on its web, one of the few male spiders circling around the fairer sex started looking for an opportunity and was successful in coupling with her for 4 times. Our guide told our guests not to loose focus from the male and gosh!! after the 5th attempt, the male got vanished!!
We then learnt that in most of the species of spiders, the female (who is much bigger than the size of the male), kills and eats the male after coupling. The male is said to have sacrificed his life for reproducing more of the same species. What a strange cannibalistic face of nature!!!