Spider eating a bird caught in its web!

Monday, May 3, 2010
Spider eating a bird caught in its web!

It's pictures like this of a spider eating a fricking bird that inspire horror movies like Arachnophobia:



The pictures show the Golden Orb Weaver spider with its long black legs wrapped around the body of a dead bird suspended in its web. Presumably the bird flew into the web, tired and was set upon by the spider. 


The photos were reportedly taken in Atheron, close to Queensland's tropical north (in Australia). Joel Shakespeare, head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park was reported as saying "Normally they prey on large insects… it's unusual to see one eating a bird." Mr Shakepeare said he had seen Golden Orb Weaver spiders as big as a human hand but the northern species in tropical areas were known to grow larger.


Queensland Museum identified the bird as a native finch called the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Golden Orb weaver Spider
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4 comments:

  1. Your last picture labeled Golden Orb Weaver is actually a Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia)I grew up with those things on my bedroom window acted like a living bug screen in the summer!

    Wiki has a nice picture of the Golden Orb Weaver which varies greatly from North American variety to the one shown here in this photo eating the bird super impressive ;)

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  2. Thanks Harlan, I think you are right on a re-look! I'll leave it there cos spiders are awesome!

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  3. omg! i cant believe that spider actually ate it! that's so sad! i like birds,there really great! id kill that spider if i ever saw it!

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  4. oh shit that nigga huge

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