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Oct. 28, 2005— Like the character Count Dracula and his real-life vampire bat counterparts, a small, East African jumping spider has a taste for blood, according to a recent study.

The spider, Evarcha culicivora, lacks the ability to pierce skin and to sip blood, so instead it feeds indirectly on blood by choosing, as its preferred meal, female mosquitoes that have just engorged themselves with a victim's blood.

The blood-hungry spider is the first predator ever identified that selects its prey based upon what the prey just ate. Similar to a protein shake, blood can be a highly nutritious drink that goes down smoothly.

"Perhaps blood is a ready-made nutrient-rich liquid meal for which minimal energy expenditure in terms of processing is needed," said Ximena Nelson, lead author of the study, published in a recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 

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Play with fire, burn your fingers. Play with Black Widow spiders, get bitten and die. That's the risk he took having such animals. I wonder if the saying "don't bite the hand that feeds you" applies here. They bit his hand (and more), but his corpse was feeding them.
 

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I figure I will go that way, being found out in the yard putting up my props. Hope they just stand me up next to the fence with a lantern. I can be the caretaker then.
 

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Oh man,, I wanted to see apic of the guy covered in the webs...

There was a segment on our news a few weeks ago also about a guy that is keeping a black widow too.
he takes it back and forth to work so the kids don't play with it.
they found it alive in a bunch of grapes they bought at the store.
He will be next in the stupid people tricks.
 

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And that's why I have arachnaphobia.:eek: :eek:
 

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Holy #[email protected]^!!! Now that is gross...Gee it is what....9:16AM...Now i am gonna itch all day!!! That is really stupid to have animals (or creatures) like that in ur house..Wonder how many of them got loose out of the apartment since they figure he's been dead for so long..I too would have liked to see the body all in webs and crap but that still freaks me out. YUCK!!!
 

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But what a great scene for a haunted house!
 

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Black widows can be found under just about any rock in a dark space here in North Carolina. Crreeeeepy!

I never knew they ate flesh...or was it just the decay they liked?
 
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