I don’t get it. It’s a half-minute long video of a black widow hanging from a bit of silk, twirling about randomly (it’s below the fold if you want to see it). It’s a pretty animal, but the behavior is strange. I’ve never seen my related theridiidae do this. They’re either in repose, waiting for their next meal, or moving efficiently and purposefully to, for instance, add to their cobweb, or attack some prey, or scurry to a safe corner. Just dangling from a single thread, that’s weird, and makes me wonder about the context. Is she sick? Has she been traumatized?
If that’s all it takes to go viral, I clearly need to get into the lab and make videos of spiders doing interesting things.