Philoponella prominens spiders mating
Spiders Catapult Themselves to Avoid Becoming Their Mate’s Meal
During their escape, male spiders can reach speeds in excess of 3 kilometers per hour thanks to their springy front legs.
ABOVE: Shichang Zhang
Spiders Catapult Themselves to Avoid Becoming Their Mate’s Meal
Spiders Catapult Themselves to Avoid Becoming Their Mate’s Meal

During their escape, male spiders can reach speeds in excess of 3 kilometers per hour thanks to their springy front legs.

During their escape, male spiders can reach speeds in excess of 3 kilometers per hour thanks to their springy front legs.

ABOVE: Shichang Zhang

cannibalism

snake eating another snake
Male Snakes Cannibalizing Females Present Evolutionary Puzzle
Chloe Tenn | Nov 15, 2021
The Scientist speaks with organismal biologist Xavier Glaudas about possible reasons for his recent finding that male Montpellier snakes cannibalize female conspecifics.
Drosophila eggs
Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Karl Gruber | Jun 1, 2019
Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators.
Voodoo Dolls, Roller-Coasters for Kidney Stones Win at Ig Nobels
Ashley Yeager | Sep 14, 2018
The awards for comical but practical scientific discovery also include cannibalism and self-colonoscopy.
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Abby Olena | Jul 10, 2017
Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.
Cannibalism: Not That Weird
Bill Schutt | Feb 1, 2017
Eating members of your own species might turn the stomach of the average human, but some animal species make a habit of dining on their own.
Contributors
Ben Andrew Henry | Feb 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Dino Cannibalism?
Jenny Rood | Apr 10, 2015
Tooth marks on a dinosaur skull provide evidence of intraspecific fights and postmortem scavenging, according to a study.
Parasites Can Increase Cannibalism
Jenny Rood | Mar 20, 2015
A microscopic invader ramps up the tendency of adult Irish river shrimp to eat their young.
Behavior Brief
Abby Olena | Feb 13, 2014
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Dan Cossins | May 23, 2013
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Behavior Brief
Hannah Waters | Jan 31, 2012
A roundup of recent studies in behavior research