A team of biologists has discovered that male spiders spy on their rivals during courtship ceremonies, so they can mimic and pinch their most successful dance moves.
The researchers put male wolf spiders (Schizocosa ocreata) in front of tiny television sets and made them watch videos of other males perform a sexy, leg-tapping mating dance. The test spiders copied the on-screen males, adjusting the rate of leg-tapping to match and even outperform their rivals.
The next Step Up or You Got Served type movie should be about anthropomorphic spiders. I can see the poster: “One Beat. One Shot. Eight Legs.” You’re welcome, Hollywood.