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Do you think spiders are the creepiest, cruelest creatures around? There is a number of horror films that cast spiders as the monsters. The way the spider meticulously entombs its prey before it feasts on it makes it seem especially brutal. A female wasp stings a spider in her own web, temporarily paralyzing her. The paralysis wears off, and the spider gets up and goes about her business as usual. The spider still continues spinning her web like normal.
Spiders are one of the commonest predator groups found in agro-ecosystems in South Africa. They have special adaptations towards a predatory way of life. Their soft abdomens enable them to consume large amounts of food in relatively short periods of time, while their rate of predation may greatly increase during short periods when plentiful supply of food is available. They have an exceedingly high resistance to starvation, which enables them to survive and maintain normal reproduction during periods of low prey availability. This is accomplished by the ability to decrease their metabolic rate.
We generally think of spiders as top-of-the-line predators, but this Moment of Science reveals a case when the spider definitely comes out on the short end of the predator stick. Spiders are often thought of as one of the creepiest, cruelest creatures around. There are numerous horror films that cast spiders as the monsters. For some, fears might involve the web and how the spider meticulously entombs its prey before it feasts on it. However, there are insects that probably give spiders nightmares: wasps. A female wasp stings a spider in her own web, temporarily paralyzing her.
Spiders meticulously weave their deathtrap and, on occasion, get caught in it when outsmarted.
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Spiders have many enemies because of their small size. Their predators range from insects to other small and large animals. Wasps Many wasp species see spiders as prey. Several species of dirt dauber wasps eat spiders. The species Gelis apterus and Calymmochilus dispar, discovered in in Portugal, also eat spiders.