Well I Don't Like The Sound Of That: Bat-Eating Spiders Found On Every Continent Except Antarctica

March 19, 2013


WARNING: SPIDER PICTURES. That should kind of go without saying though because it's a post about spiders, you know? Stop emailing me.

In news that's sure to send real estate prices on Antarctica skyrocketing, scientists have confirmed that spiders that prey on bats have been found on every continent except the icy giant. I'm coming, Santa! "Antarctica is at the south pole." Right, I knew that.

The researchers write that bat-catching spiders were reported from "virtually every continent," with the exception of Antarctica. About 80% of the reported "bat catches" were performed by web-building spiders and 12% to hunting spiders (i.e. spiders that forage without the use of a web):

While in some instances bats entangled in spider webs may have died of exhaustion, starvation, dehydration, and/or hyperthermia (i.e., non-predation death), there were numerous other instances where spiders were seen actively attacking, killing, and eating the captured bats (i.e., predation). This evidence suggests that spider predation on flying vertebrates is more widespread than previously assumed.

I love bats, so obviously this is heartbreaking news for me. *wiping fake tear* Now if you'll excuse me, I need a minute to compose myself. Actually, I'm just going to take the rest of the afternoon off. If my boss asks tell him somebody died. No -- tell him EVERYBODY died. That should buy me coming in late tomorrow too.

Hit the jump for a compilation shot of a bunch of bats in webs.



Thanks to Rhubarb, Tallon C, Jonesy and Daniel, who heard there are also spider eating humans on every continent except Antarctica. Haha, I one time I saw a younger cousin of mine eat a dead spider off the kitchen floor.

  • Fossils

    watch out batman, spiderman will getcha

  • Brett R

    So Spiderman finally beats Batman. Hm

  • Bowlofacid

    That's one hell of a NOPE!!

  • nightmare fuel.

  • Jermain Palmen

    Is it me, or does E look like a headcrab?

  • Deksam

    so... Batman VS Spiderman? Spiderman would win???... =(

  • Idlethoughts

    Bat man wasn't cool with beating up a whiny kid so he forfeited.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    So... any news on real estates I could buy in Antarctica so far?

  • Jack Morris

    I have a tattoo of a bat. Should I be worried?

  • Bruce you're fucked.

  • Deksam

    But those bats are not wearing any utility belts.

  • frypot

    How big are those bats though for all we know they are very tiny bats therefore the spiders are not that scary. *cries a little*

  • Kyle Somers

    all elderly females should be on guard with news like this

  • Nathan Klassen

    I see what you did there.

  • Sigmund Smudge

    I have a bat that I would love to see get eaten by one of these...an aluminum baseball bat! Come at me bro!

  • Closet Nerd

    I'll be sure to keep spiders away from my tball equipment. I don't want any spiders eating my bats! How will I hit the ball?
    ......just sayin

  • Crucial

    You make me sad

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