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These spiders give up their leftovers to feed these carnivorous plants

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The spiders belong to the Araneae order and not to the one of the insects as one might think. They are carnivorous and their diet is usually based on certain insects and arthropods. They are very widespread animals all over the world and with a great diversity of different species.

The spider is an animal hated by most people, in fact, some have a certain phobia towards them because of their appearance (arachnophobia). They have a characteristic body divided into prosoma or cephalothorax (head and thorax junction) and the opistosome (abdomen), covered by a resistant shield or layer called exoskeleton.

Some species have 8 eyes, others 4, 2 and even some do not have them. In the cephalothorax are the poisonous dental structures, eyes, jaw, four pairs of legs and structures similar to the legs that do not rest on the ground called pedipalps. The abdomen contains the respiratory cavities, genital pore and the silk-producing glands for the web.

His life expectancy is one or two years in general, although the female black widow can reach 25 years. The spider male usually dies after mating due to a hemorrhage in which he loses hemolymph and subsequently the spider feeds on him.

The shape how spiders reproduce it is by coupling. The male introduces a spermatophore into the female's genital pore, then it devours it and puts sacks with hundreds of eggs covered in silk, which change layers until they are properly sized.

The bite of these animals can be lethal, most cause local pain and inflammation. In severe cases, there is usually tissue death and complete paralysis, leading to cardiorespiratory arrest. Among the most dangerous are the black widow, wolf spider, Goliath tarantula and the Australian Atrax spider.

Currently, thanks to the development of many antidotes, spider bite mortality has decreased. If you suffer from a sting it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible.

Spider feeding.

The spider feeds on insects like mosquitoes, bees or flies and other arthropods. The larger ones such as crumbs and lysosides eat lizards, mice, birds and even bats. The tiger spider prefers lobsters. There is a species that is totally herbivorous, the jumping spider, present in Central America and Mexico.

To get your food, spiders get their victims trapped in their cobwebs. Then they paralyze them with their venom and deposit certain juices and gastric enzymes, producing an external digestion of the animal to devour. Finally there is a type of dough or porridge that spiders suck, since they cannot swallow their prey completely.

You can say that they feed each time something gets caught in their cobwebs. As The spider diet is usually based on insectsIt is believed that this characteristic is useful for the environment, if we consider how annoying that many of them can become, such as flies or mosquitoes.

Their hydration is obtained through rainwater and the same liquids they suck from their prey.

Collaboration

Apart from the normal diet of water and sunlight, these carnivorous plants complement their diet by attracting insects to their nectar using chemical and visual cues. These surfaces where the nectar is housed can become slippery, especially when it rains, which causes insects to fall inside the plant, where digestive fluids break them down.

The yellow crab spiders (Thomisus nepenthiphilus) and red (Misumenops nepenthicola) have devised a strategy related to this trap: when insects are attracted near the trap, hidden spiders ambush the prey, smaller red crab spiders sometimes attack larger prey directly in the liquid. Both species of spiders can be released from the liquid with the help of silk.

The spiders take the prey, devour it and leave a part for the plant. Percent, plants that have spiders hunt more insects, which in the end is beneficial for both the plant and spiders.

Other research shows that some species of crab spiders can help attract insects to flowers, possibly mimicking the colors visible to pollinators, making them more attractive than other flowers without spiders. Y some of these plants (not carnivorous) probably benefit from having arachnids around.

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The spider is not exactly the species most loved by humans. However, it is always interesting to know details of their life. In this regard, the following note explains what is the type of feedingthat carry five types of spiders. It is important that you know, especially if you are a lover of animals, insects and arachnids.

1. Tiger spider: This long-legged and scratched arachnid can be found in both rural and urban areas throughout Latin America. It is the only predator of the dreaded corner spider, hence the warning of veterinarians to leave them alive. His way of hunting is sneaking up on the dam and spreading a rather sticky cloth. It feeds on mosquitoes, flies, bees, bumblebees, horseflies and the well-known corner spider. It is a spider totally harmless to humans.

2. Corner Spider: this species is one of the fastest and most cunning. It usually hides during the day and in humid spaces, preferably. Inhabits from the First, to the Tenth region of Chile. They attack immediately when they are in danger. They feed on flies, beetles, ants, isotopes and other insects, including smaller spiders. Anyway, their favorite food is flies, since they take advantage of the opportunity when they sleep.

3. Chick Spider: This spider has small hairs all over its body. They can reach up to 15 cm in diameter with their legs extended. His life expectancy is high, ranging from 15 to 20 years. They prefer to live in desert areas, hidden in caves. The interesting thing about this arachnid, is that you can spend long periods without trying a single bite. This is explained because it usually hibernates throughout the winter. It feeds on small insects, to those who poison. Anyway, that lethal poison is not for humans. They prefer worms, worms and larvae. When they change skin (molt), they don't eat either.

4. Wheat Spider: (also known as "Black Widow"): this spider is very easy to recognize, since it has a red spot on the back (also called "spider of the red poto"). It is tremendously dangerous and lives in dark places with a lot of land. As for your diet, they are exclusively carnivorous, they eat insects, bed bugs and small spiders.

5. Camel Spider: This arachnid is native to Egypt, it is a fairly large species in size. Scholars do not yet define whether to call it spider or scorpion, because of its size. Anyway, at present, falls in the category of arachnids. It is very difficult to find, because his body is formed of colors that serve to camouflage himself very well in nature. In terms of food, They usually feed on dead animals, such as snakes, lizards and rodents. But they also decide to eat live animals and insects, such as termites and worms. They go hunting during the nights, although they also do it during the day, usually in places with a lot of shade.

As you can see, arachnids they feed, in general, on insects of all types, in addition to eating spiders much smaller than themselves. Unlike the Tiger Spider, which is able to devour a Corner Spider without problem.

Keep this information in mind if you want to have one of them at home. Would you dare to have a spider as a pet?

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