Jumping spiders eat insects and feed almost strictly on female mosquitoes with blood in their stomachs. One species eats mainly plant material, and some species subsist on nectar, but the majority of jumping spiders are carnivores with very particular tastes.Know More
Studies show that jumping spiders go out of their way to seek out female mosquitoes that have recently fed on invertebrate blood. They also gravitate towards mosquitoes that have the fluffy antennae that is exclusive to females. As of 2014, scientists are not sure why jumping spiders require fresh blood, but it seems to be vital to their survival.
The study proving jumping spiders prefer freshly fed female mosquitoes was conducted by gluing the heads, thoraxes and abdomens of various fed, starved, male and female mosquitoes together. The scientists offered the jumping spiders various combinations, and the spiders consistently chose the mosquitoes with female antennae and swollen, red stomachs. The jumping spider hunts by following a mosquito until it is just an inch away. It pounces on the insect, often landing on the mosquito's belly and biting it in the air. The jumping spider grasps the insect as it falls to the ground and eats it once they both land together.Learn more about Spiders
All spiders are carnivorous, which means they eat a variety of insects and other spiders. Large spiders are able to eat small vertebrates like mice and small birds.Full Answer >
After trapping prey, spiders eat by releasing digestive enzymes that liquefy food and make it easier to swallow. Spiders cannot consume solid food whole, so digested matter must be broken down to pass through their narrow digestive tracts.Full Answer >
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Some species of spiders do eat ants and some, like the Euryopis superba, prefer ants over other insects. Black widows and lynx spiders target ants for prey when given the opportunity. Some jumping spiders eat plant nectar and may consume ants or other insects that might harm the plant.Full Answer >