Living With Cartwheels

The Moroccan Flic-Flac Spider, Cebrennus rechenbergi, has an escape response that is unique among spiders. This spider lives in Erg Chebbi desert. It builds underground dens by tunneling in the sand and supporting the tunnel with silk. The spider is protected from the intense daytime heat by remaining in its burrow. It hunts moths at night. If disturbed, it initially takes a defensive posture. If that fails, it cartwheels as rapidly as 2 m/s in a series of backflips that can send the spider airborne.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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One Response to Living With Cartwheels

  1. Jim says:

    Excellent video! Thanks for sharing. Spiders don’t look quite so intimidating when they’re doing cute somersaults, haha.

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