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1 April 2001 SPIDERS FEEDING ON EARTHWORMS
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A house spider (Tegenaria atrica C.L. Koch 1843, Agelenidae) was observed, filmed and photographed while feeding on an earthworm. An extensive search in the literature revealed that several arachnologists had noted spiders feeding on earthworms, altogether in 11 different families. Earthworm-eating spiders belong mostly to larger sized species dwelling near the ground in woodlands and grasslands. Since earthworms have a high protein content, they could be a welcome supplement to the spider's usual insect diet.

Martin Nyffeler, Hans Moor, and Rainer F. Foelix "SPIDERS FEEDING ON EARTHWORMS," The Journal of Arachnology 29(1), 119-124, (1 April 2001). https://doi.org/10.1636/0161-8202(2001)029[0119:SFOE]2.0.CO;2
Received: 17 March 2000; Published: 1 April 2001
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