Last week’s puzzler was about the famous Black Widow spider, asking if females always eat their mates. Did you have a guess? The answer is:
In the United States, there are three species of black widow, two in the east and one in the west. Of those, only one of the species of black widow (one living in the east) has ever been observed eating the male after mating. The other two species have NEVER been observed doing this, and furthermore, the ones that were observed were often in captivity where the male could not truly get away. In the wild after mating, the male will usually live to see another day.