I obviously hadn't looked closely at them, back in 2009. I did today. Look what I'd missed!
|Day 1, afternoon. Female in her skimpy web at the bottom, male visitor (suitor) at the top left. The fat, "boxing glove" pedipalps identify him as a mature male.|
|Day 2, 5:48 PM. He approaches with a gift, a silk-wrapped weevil.|
|Will she accept the gift? If not, she may eat him instead.|
|Yes! "Thank you very much; this is delicious!"|
|5:49 P.M. 16 legs. They're mating. He's on the far side; you can still see his pedipalps. She's not letting go of the weevil, though.|
|5:50 Success! He's impregnated her, and escaped uneaten. She's busy.|
|5:55 He rests, she eats.|
And the next day:
|Day 3, 5:07 P.M. She's finished with the weevil, but he's brought her a gift-wrapped bug.|
And from what I remember, they raised a healthy brood of spiderlings, several egg sacs worth.