Photos of large spiders eating bats


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Cool! I can use that site to terrify TWO phobic subsets of friends, and to KILL those that fall into the intersection!!


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That's cute -- eating fuzzy little mammals...
Watch out for the large spiders that eat $%^&# dinosaurs!


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I am more concerned about the ones that eat hobbitses.


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Nephila (taken near Khao Yai, Thailand). They cheerfully munch on birds, probably bats. You don't have to travel far from home to see arthropods predating chordates: the big Argiope spiders in my parents' yard in Arkansas routinely catch and eat tree frogs.


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It's a pity the article doesn't explain what is going on in picture K. I'm curious as to whether the second spider is a male, arriving at the scene of the feast in hopes of mating with a less-hungry female, or whether it's actually a freeloader spider, on of a number of species specifically evolved to mooch off of the webs of the larger orb web spinners, such as Argyrodes.


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These are Golden Orb spiders. It's their silk you hear about in science stories about tensile strength.
I've had a fishing rod bend in half after getting snagged in a nest. I say nest because their webs are generally messy, lots of them living together in a whole community.


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That's ok. I didn't really need to sleep this year anyways.


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It might just be a spider likes to fuck dead bats? After a few of those pictures, I'm prepared to believe that's possibly a thing. And I like spiders.


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Well who doesn't, amirite?


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Bizarre, absolutely, I still wonder if somewhere in the world exists a cave or a part of the jungle with a spider capable of eating a human. This freaks me out! Nature is marvelous and terrifying at the same time.


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Whatever you do, don't imagine this little guy cartwheeling up your blanket:

I imagine that its last little leap is straight to face-hugger position.


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