Roach Eats Spider!

A few days ago, we tried feeding our Giant Huntsman Spider, one of the largest species of spider in the world, a cockroach. Upon first glance, one would think, “oh the spider won of course!” however in this crazy turn of events the roach won the battle. While filming the attack, the spider missed its prey and ended up tangling its font two legs within its own webbing! Overtime we thought it might get free and try again, but a few days later we noticed that the spider no longer had a face and the cockroach was completely unscathed. A few more days passed, and the spiders entire body was soon missing.  After close examination, we realized that there were indeed a few remains of the spider’s legs, and with that it was decided that the cockroach decided to make a meal out of its predator. Huntsman Spiders are known to catch on average, 90% of their prey, and after some research we have not been able to find a similar event in an enclosure or captured in the wild. We are completely awestruck because roaches don’t generally win, and if they do they certainly don’t eat the predator!

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Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control News

Throwing fall leavesFriday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control News

 

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They come in many names. Wood spiders. Cane spiders. Giant Crab spiders. Some people even confuse them for small tarantulas.

Huntsman spiders are big, brown and hairy. The way their legs come off their bodies, and the way they move sideways, is much like a crab… Hence the name Giant Crab spider.

Huntsman spiders are found throughout all of the United States, and varieties are common throughout much of the world. They like woody places, like forests and wood piles, and are most often found hiding under rocks and tree bark.

Huntsman spiders garner their name because they are hunters; hunting insects like crickets and cockroaches. It’s because of this, they are considered to be very beneficial.

Huntsman spiders are not generally regarded as a serious pest control problem, although they will occasionally wander inside your home. They are more frightening in appearance than anything; given their size. The do inflict defensive bites, but these bites are not hazardous to the bite victim.