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Bat-eating spiders, Most Terrifying Creature

Bat-eating spiders, A bat’s enemies: owls, hawks, snakes, the Joker, spiders. Spiders? Yes. The incidence of spiders eating bats could be more widespread than initially suspected, reports a study published March 13 in PLoS ONE. To reach this conclusion, the authors spoke with scientists, conducted an extensive scientific literature review, dug through the blogosphere, and looked for pictures of spiders eating bats on Flickr. Adult Proboscis Bat ( Rhynchonycteris naso ) entangled in a web of Argiope savignyi at the La Selva Biological Station, northern Costa Rica (photo by Mirjam Kn√∂rnschild, Ulm, Germany). The search turned up 52 reports of bat-eating spiders, less than half of which had been published before. The authors report that bat-munching spiders live on every continent except Antarctica. Most catch bats in webs, like the giant golden silk orb-weavers (Nephilidae). As adults, these spiders’ leg spans can be 10-15 centimeters across, and they weave webs more tha