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I gather they started doing this to escape parasitic wasps because, as we all know, back-flipping grants you immunity to attacks.
It's an invuln frame trick, so if a bird or something swoops down and tries to eat them they can't actually do it unless they know the trick and gets the spider stuck in a frame trap.
It's probably because it's really hot.
Do a barrel roll
If I remember correctly from the National Geographic special, the wasp still gets him in the end.
That's gotta hurt!
There's someone just out of frame with a leaf blower, right?
Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow...
I was thinking more like
OH GOD I CAN'T STOP HELP ME WHY IS THIS HAPPENING!?!?!
a tumbleweed of death
No twriling towards freedom tag? C'mon.
Here you are.
Flic-flac paddywhack, give a dog a bone
This old spider came rolling home
The Flic-Flac Spider, not to be confused with the razzle-dazzle, or shuck n' jive spider.