Spider Quiz #3

Spiders don’t eat their prey, they “suck” the juices from it: FALSE

For many years I thought this was true. You know why? Because I READ it in a book about spiders I bought years ago. I was doing an educational program on them and wanted to read up so my information would be accurate. It is always very important to me to make sure that what I am telling people is indeed truth. I bought a big, lengthy book and thought sure it must be correct. Then a few years ago, I discovered Rod Crawford and learned I had been wrong all of these years.

A spider uses venom to subdue the caterpillar so it can eat it.

A crab spider uses venom to subdue the caterpillar so it can eat it.

Rod says, “Spiders are not miniature vampires; all species, as far as we know, digest some solid parts of their prey.” He goes on to say that spiders start by vomiting digestive fluid into the prey which has the gruesome result of turing their insides to liquid. The prey is chewed with the spider’s jaws, or chelicerae, as they are called. They will often leave the wings and legs behind, not finding enough meat in those to bother with.

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4. Spiders are insects.

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