Dualing Spiders

Dualing Spiders

Observation - Dualing Spiders - UK and Ireland. Description: I saw these 3 spiders on the underside of a web, the 2 males (large palps) appeared to be fighting, about the female? The males would circle each other then lunge at each other head first, punching with their palps. This behaviour continued for longer t

I saw these 3 spiders on the underside of a web, the 2 males (large palps) appeared to be fighting, about the female? The males would circle each other then lunge at each other head first, "punching" with their palps. This behaviour continued for longer than 45 minutes, I was hoping to see it come to a conclusion, but I ran out of time. I was able to return to the web 3 hours later, when only 1 of the males and the female were present, at opposite sides of the web. I have posted a video clip (under 2 minutes) on youtube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnbANjPffo8