Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spider prey

Until last night, I was unaware that some spiders catch fish. I knew from years of watching nature documentaries that the goliath tarantula eats birds, but so does the orb weaver (top), in even more dramatic size scale. The fishing (or nursery web) spider in the bottom photo has nabbed a tadpole. My search for dramatic (unstaged) footage of spiders hunting and eating large prey yielded the results below. In general, they inject venom with their fangs which liquifies the meal.
Spiders with 1" fangs - yikes - that's the stuff of nightmares!

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