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Spiders That Kill Snakes, And Other Arthropods That Kill And Consume Large Animals

There are plenty of videos online that show spiders and insects battling other spiders and insects. These videos fascinate many people who were not aware of the great physical strength possessed by some seemingly defenseless arthropod species. The most significant show of strength among arthropod species can be seen in videos that feature a spider or insect killing an animal of superior size. In some cases, the animals that are defeated and killed are not fellow arthropods; instead, they are reptiles, amphibians and even mammals.

Not long ago, a video posted to Youtube captured the interest of people all over the world, as it showed an Australian huntsman spider fighting and killing a mouse. However, this video may not be so impressive, as experts say that the mouse featured in the video had already been dead. Misleading videos like this, and other videos that employ trickery to fool viewers into believing that spiders and insects can kill large animals, are all too common online. But, experts claim that numerous instances of seemingly unmatched battles between arthropods and larger sized animals have been documented. For example, a 2016 study from Brazil described an event in which a tarantula species, Grammostola quirogai, fought and killed a 15 inch Almaden snake before making a meal out of portions of the snake’s corpse. Another 2016 study from Germany described the first ever incident of dragonfly larvae eating fully grown adult frogs. Rare cases of dragonflies catching birds in midair before consuming them have also been documented. A large dragonfly species from Canada managed to catch a hummingbird while the two animals had been flying near each other. The only other known case of such an instance occurred in 1977. Fierce centipedes belonging to the aggressive Scolopendra family have been found consuming bats on numerous occasions. These centipedes have also been found consuming rats, lizards, frogs and even snakes, and not just any snake, but the extremely toxic Indian venom coral snake. The Polish cave beetle hunts and feeds on newts, and numerous spider species catch bats in their webs. These large prey animals provide spiders, insects and centipedes with a rich and long lasting source of nutrients.

Have you ever found an arthropod consuming a non-arthropod species?

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Experts Are In Disagreement About The Potential Danger North American Hobo Spiders Pose To Humans

Those who fear spiders may find it hard to believe that their fear is not shared with everyone else on the planet. After all, what is there to like about spiders? Spiders, are multi-eyed, multi-legged, sometimes hairy, fanged and often intimidating despite the expert claim that most spider species are ultimately harmless. Around 5 percent of the population suffers from arachnophobia, and statistically speaking, there exists no rational reason to fear spiders, as data suggests that a mere 100 human deaths occurred as a result of spider bites during the whole of the 20th century. While the majority of dangerous spiders have been well researched by scientists, there does exist some disagreement among experts concerning the potential dangers that hobo spiders pose to humans. Some experts say that past claims concerning this spider’s purported dangerousness to humans has been exaggerated, while others claim that this species, which exists here in the United States, can cause serious medical problems that could result in death in some cases.

The hobo spider is a moderately large arachnid, as they typically grow to be around ¼ to ½ of an inch in length with a leg span of up to 2 full inches. Nobody knows for sure how the hobo spider arrived in North America, but experts believe that it was brought to the Seattle, Washington area from its native Europe at some point during the 1920s or 1930s. Since then, this spider species has spread across the Pacific Northwest. Many sources claim that hobo spiders can inflict bite wounds that can lead to tissue necrosis, but others say that such instances are exceptionally rare. What experts can agree on, however, is the unusually rapid speed in which these spiders can travel. Studies demonstrate the hobo spider as moving at 3 feet per second. So if you encounter the hobo spider and live in the northwest US, you want to be in good physical shape if you hope to avoid its notorious bite.

Have you ever encountered a hobo spider?

 

 

Spiders Are Never Accurately Portrayed In Movies

Spiders Are Never Accurately Portrayed In Movies | Waco Pest Control

Everyone is familiar with horror movies, although some of us may prefer to avoid watching them. There are several different genres of horror. For example, there are slasher films, psychological thrillers, movies about ghost hauntings, and of course, there are horror films that show people being terrorized by scary looking animals. When considering the last type of horror film, many people may mention Jaws or maybe Jurassic Park. However, spiders were featured prominently in horror films of the 1950s. These older horror films appear relatively cheesy today, but several decades ago, people screamed in theaters when a spider was made to look as big as a car by using cheap visual effects. It is rare to find a movie about spiders that does not demonize them. Of course there is the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web, but movies that depict spiders as noble or inviting are few and far between. Movies that depict spiders as bloodsucking beasts is far more common. As you can imagine, no matter how evil or kind a spider is in a movie, spiders are usually not depicted accurately.

Arachnophobia is a common neurosis that probably affects everyone to some extent. However, horror films about spiders certainly do not help to make people less afraid of spiders. Unfortunately, spiders are often misrepresented as murderers and enemies to humans. For example, in the movie entitled Arachnophobia, a new species of tarantula that is way too big to have gone unnoticed by researchers sucks the blood of its victims. There are many inaccuracies in this particular movie. For example, tarantulas and all spiders, except for ticks, do not suck blood from humans, in fact they only suck blood from small insects, mostly flies. Also, there are very few spiders in existence that possess venom powerful enough to kill humans. Even when the most venomous spiders do bite humans, they typically survive anyway, especially with medical attention. In no case can a spider, no matter how big, kill a person instantly, which is what happens in the movie. Tarantulas also do not spin webs, as the terrifying tarantula in the movie frequently did. In fact, the movie even showed a human trapped within a spider web, so maybe accurately depicting spiders was not the filmmaker’s primary goal.

Have you ever seen a movie that depicted spiders accurately?

Spider Prevention Tips | Waco Pest Control

Spider Prevention Tips | Waco Pest Control

  • Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free. Most spiders seek out secluded, undisturbed areas where they can build a web to catch their next meal, so an attic or basement that has been left unused over the past season could be harboring these pests out of sight. Avoid leaving clothing and shoes on the floor and consider storing them inside plastic containers.
  • Seal any cracks or crevices around the home. Spiders can crawl into homes through damaged window screens or cracks in the siding and foundation of a home.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Packages are often left on the front step when delivered, and groceries might be placed on the driveway while unloading. These are opportunities for spiders and other pests to crawl onto bags and boxes and be carried inside.
  • If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice. Species such as house spiders and cellar spiders pose no health threat to people. Other species such as black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders do have the ability to pierce the skin and inject venom. Their bites cause varied reactions in people, but are very rarely fatal with proper treatment.

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