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Bat-eating spider

This is one tough spider.

Full story at Wired.

Photo credit: Yasunori Maezono, Kyoto University, Japan

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  • Guy, This is an amazing photo…  One huge spider having a snack.

  • I would like to kill that spider, but, if it stops the disease ??? who am i to judge.

  • Look out Moto!

  • OMG, Spiderman just killed Batman!!!!

  • WOAH! I hope to never run into one of those.

  • Gross & Scary, thanks for sharing before dinner time Lol

  • There's no way Batman could beat/eat Spider-Man !!! #justsaying

  • Thanks, I needed to have nightmares tonight.

  • I'm sorry guy, this is an amazing photo, I've just got to borrow this pic. Please don't say anything if you don't mind I'm just all over the place with this one and I don't know what to say right now exactly, it may sound to funny to other people but I hope I'll be able to explain it with my best shot best foot forward try. Will keep the ole foot out of mouth in mind so as not to embarass. Donald Henson Author "Kawhocumdia"
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  • How many people will think about this the next time you walk into a spider web.

  • i wont sleep well again

  • Wow

  • WTH! I got the same spider in my back yard!

  • Jesus. Its from a nightmare.

  • wow

  • what the shit is this shit

  • I usually kill my own spiders, but this one naw…. Amazing and scary at the same time.

  • eww hate spiders scared of spiders

  • the surprising thing to me is that there are bats that small.

  • i dont even wanna think about how big that thing is..shudder

  • i dont even wanna think about how big that thing is..shudder

  • http://batcon.org

    Bats need conservation, just as other animals that are endangered.

  • http://batcon.org

    Bats need conservation, just as other animals that are endangered.

  • ok. next time i see one, i'll break the ice by discussing the weather

  • ok. next time i see one, i'll break the ice by discussing the weather

  • pete

    In Australia we have spiders that eat drop bears.

  • +Shane Williams did you see this spider yet?

  • +Shane Williams did you see this spider yet?

  • Ewww…. gives me the jeebie jeebies!

  • Ewww…. gives me the jeebie jeebies!

  • 98% chance i give it for being from Australia…

  • 98% chance i give it for being from Australia…

  • Oh my god. I hate that idea. Gives me the serious heebie jeebies

  • Yuck.

  • Didn't know there was such a thing!

  • Thanks +Nan C I had not, wow what a beast! :)

  • Major cool photo. I think I just developed a phobia by looking @ this. Thanks.

  • Batman is Spiderman's lunch.  BTW, +Guy Kawasaki I never got the memo that you were working at Motorola.

  • Now we know if Spiderman fights Batman who will win …

  • Size isn't everything!

  • Nightmare!

  • Well isnt he hungy

  • …that's disgusting.

  • Truly Disturbing

  • awesome stuff!

  • Save the bats, kill the spider!

  • Cool

  • Bug spray will fix it!

  • oooh is big amazing

  • Ewwwwww

  • That why I like spiderman, and not batman.

  • Looks like I'm gonna have to buy a sawed-off shotgun to shoot that dangerous spider!

  • Wow!

  • I always thought Spidey was too much for the Bat!

  • My skin just leapt off and crawled away.

  • Terrific pic!

  • Did he say tough? yikes!

  • Amazing.

  • Not a good end…

  • woowhh!  watta spider! 0_o

  • wow

  • beautiful! just look at its colour and how it is built. The fear of spiders is unfortunate, but I have yet to hear of an attack on a person. In most cases they run from you. Even the black Widow, noted for its aggression will only attack if cornered or threatened.

  • Orb weaver spider???

  • Oh dear O_O

  • troi troi

  • I hate spiders and bats on a whole new level now..

  • I would not want to mess with that.

  • Dangerous

  • Anything is possible in Japan brutal Dolphin and whale massacre every year and now Bat eating spider

  • wow that spider is huge it caught a bat

  • Spider:NAWMNAWMNAWM Bat: DA FUCKA U DOIN!?!

  • That's either the tiniest bat in the world or the hugest banana spider ever. Either way, I'd prefer to stay far away from mammal eating spiders.

  • And birds too, and what type of.bats….?

  • To the power of the web 'A Real One' that is…RAD

  • And I thought the nickle-sized black widow on the ceiling was bad.

  • wow

  • I saw this on other posts earlier.. really interesting

  • The stuff of nightmares

  • nature

  • Holy moses. An epic battle between batman and spiderman

  • hahaha cool! batman vs. spiderman D:

  • And It turns out, Spiderman wins!!

  • Wow! How strong is that webbing! I'm sure the bat was flapping around.

  • Cool

  • wow

  • Wow a bat eating a spider

  • woooooow

  • That is a type of banana spider…they are common in tropical climates. And they are very poisonous.

  • +Guy Kawasaki thx for posting this. I ran into something that looks exactly like /Nephila pilipes/ when I was living in Singapore. I have been wondering what it was ever since. My 13 year search is now over.

  • +Crystal LM Wow, your lucky you didn't get bit. They are one of the more aggressive spiders.

  • I dont like this spider …. bats rule

  • Spider-Man.Vs.the Bat-Man !!??

  • that is scary

  • that is scary

  • Is like Chinese buffet

  • Is like Chinese buffet

  • I think that MARVEL needs to arrange a reconciliation between spider & the batman

  • great shot

  • hm.. that's a baby bat, right? Amazing photo, like!

  • We have thouse spiders also in Namibia Africa and here it is dry climate . Maybe not the same than it is close family there of .

  • a spider eats the bat thats awesome

  • yuck

  • Batman defeats Spiderman? :D Fox really has good toys :D

  • i think its the other way around_ Spider man defeats batman according to the picture

  • I think it's vice-versa +Fauzia Lafemme ;)

  • WOW!!

  • amazing but poor bat

  • biendoi ren ak to the

  • Wow

  • You sure that isn't the bat eating the spider?

  • I knew SpiderMan could beat Dracula!!

  • I knew SpiderMan could beat Dracula!!

  • No way, is not real

  • No way, is not real

  • that grossy me out sicko

  • that grossy me out sicko

  • wow, it have tough web that even able to catch bat!

  • wow, it have tough web that even able to catch bat!

  • +Juan Oliva It probably is, some spiders eat fish/birds

  • +Juan Oliva It probably is, some spiders eat fish/birds

  • Ouch two scary beasts finally meet.

  • Ouch two scary beasts finally meet.

  • i seen one of them spiders before when i was 10 bigger then hand is it'ill bigger then my hand now

  • i seen one of them spiders before when i was 10 bigger then hand is it'ill bigger then my hand now

  • damn, look at the size of that spider

  • Wow!! Creepy

  • The paper is in PLOS ONE and the entire thing is free online. That is just one of about a dozen photo examples they give of spiders eating bats. The authors also mapped the areas of the world inhabited by bat eating spiders (quite widespread). Nephila, shown here, is one of the top bat catchers among spiders. And no, they do not have a bite dangerous to humans so don't worry yourselves on that front. [There is a link to the full paper off my stream right now for anyone curious]. Great stuff!

  • So who would win between Batman & Spiderman?

  • Screw a newspaper .. get the bick shot out and let er rip.

  • I can't stand spiders but this is pretty cool

  • Gross!!!!!!!!

  • Recalling Jim Stafford's 'Spiders and Snakes' song. This was the spider?

  • It just sucks that it wasn't able to finish it's meal. (read the article)

  • omgosh! im gonna have nightmares now! :/

  • Oooo thats so gross

  • Delete this from the internet please

  • too cool

  • Is That A Bat??

  • Batman 1 – Spiderman 0

  • +El Nico I think it's the other way around

  • This is awsome guy

  • Scary :/

  • Or is it the other way around?

  • Fascinante, gracias por compartir esta foto.

  • They could just be friends and the spider made the bat a bed for the day. Or, maybe they're in love.

  • WTF!

  • Wow…. amazing!!!

  • Humans must be next…. Scary

  • spider-man and batman clash ( I prefer spider-man) ^^

  • watch out for spiders that take humans up to the top of pine trees!

  • Angelica, do you mean we humans should also eat bats? :)

  • Oh god please don't put that image into my mind.

  • Oh god please don't put that image into my mind.

  • Cacete. Que aranha e essa

  • I'm scared

  • MORCEGO QUE VOA DE DIA DAR E NISSO…

  • Yehhhaaaa

  • This makes my skin crawl.

  • Eeewwww.

  • Po

  • wish to se the video of this… still not sure who is eating whom? lol

  • The stuff nightmares are made of …

  • If something that big were in my apartment, I would have to put him on the lease!

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