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Monday, 9 July 2012

Why Do Spider Wasps Bury Paralysed Spiders?

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Spiders are ferocious hunters, but they are no match for the weaponry of a spider wasp. Even large, hairy tarantulas cannot escape a spider wasp. Adult spider wasps feed on flower nectar but use the body of a spider as a host for feeding their young. The wasp normally attacks a spider on the ground. It stings the spider, pumping powerful poison into it. That paralyses the spider – but does not kill it. The wasp then drags the helpless spider to where a nest will be built – some wasps having by now made a nest. An egg is laid on the abdomen of the spider, and the nest or burrow is then closed. Soon the wasp larva will hatch and begin to eat the spider alive …

3 comments:

sally brown said...

Very interesting! I have not heard of the deathwatch beetle. I love learning new things. Thanks for sharing. Sally

Perfectposie.com said...

That is definitely creepy!!:)

untonyto said...

Reading this inspired an odd mix of fascination, thrill and horror! Never thought I'd ever say "poor spiders."

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