First Vegetarian Spider Discovered

Adult female Bagheera kiplingi eats Beltian body harvested from ant-acacia. (Credit: R. L. Curry)

Adult female Bagheera kiplingi eats Beltian body. (Photo Credit: R. L. Curry)

A Central American spider, Bagheera kiplingi, is the first arachnid that primarily eats plants.  This newly-discovered spider typically eats Beltian bodies which are specialized leaf-tip structures on acacia shrubs.  While a number of spiders have been discovered that eat nectar or pollen occasionally, this is the only one that survives primarily on plant material.  Additionally, the spider lives a cooperative life, again not typical spider behavior.  Spiders are typically territorial but hundreds of B. kiplingi have been observed gathering on one plant.  Also, observers viewed families sharing nests and males defending nests from ant attacks, behaviors that are unique to B. kiplingi.  For more information on the spider, see ScienceDaily.

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36 Comments on “First Vegetarian Spider Discovered”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    NUL!!!!!!

  2. prettyproject Says:

    Now this is a spider I could get along with. 🙂

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  3. Steven Harris Says:

    Survival of the fittest does not always mean domination or killing of other creatures then?
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  4. Phillip Kop Says:

    Awesome. What does it do with all its venom?

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  5. Joe Says:

    Humanity could learn a lot about getting along from these spiders.

  6. lifeclearyethazy_author Says:

    Peaceful, vegetarian spiders…nature creates exceptions to all the rules, it seems.

  7. deej Says:

    wow! Awesome spider..

  8. Mirano Says:

    Woah. That is quite strange. Good job on the findings!


  9. […] First Vegetarian Spider Discovered « Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science fhsukams.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/ – view page – cached A Central American spider, Bagheera kiplingi, is the first arachnid that primarily eats plants. This newly-discovered spider typically eats Beltian bodies which are specialized leaf-tip structures… (Read more)A Central American spider, Bagheera kiplingi, is the first arachnid that primarily eats plants. This newly-discovered spider typically eats Beltian bodies which are specialized leaf-tip structures on acacia shrubs. While a number of spiders have been discovered that eat nectar or pollen occasionally, this is the only one that survives primarily on plant material. Additionally, the spider lives a cooperative life, again not typical spider behavior. Spiders are typically territorial but hundreds of B. kiplingi have been observed gathering on one plant. Also, observers viewed families sharing nests and males defending nests from ant attacks, behaviors that are unique to B. kiplingi. For more information on the spider, see ScienceDaily. (Read less) — From the page […]

  10. gloriadelia Says:

    cute picture! For a spider, that is. I’ve heard of other cooperative spiders that connect their webs across a wide expanse and share the booty. That’s all we need, spiders cooperating!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    that is awsome

  12. Wifeoverseas Says:

    There are undoubtedly many more amazing species out there to be discovered. What a shame we are making a hundred extinct every day.

  13. adiblogger Says:

    i saw the same report on spiegel.de and the spider looked a bit different there.

    • fhsukams Says:

      There are a few different pictures out there &, yes, another I saw did look a little different than this one. I liked this picture because you can see it eating the plant material.


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  15. I changed my concept of spiders when I learned that they may contribute to a homeopathic remedy. How weird is that? And now we have a vegan spider?

    Thanks for sharing.


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  17. vegantess Says:

    well. I’ll be, a spider I don’t have to be terrified of. and, dare I say it, she’s actually kinda cute, for a spider. and, hey, mebbe spidey has some vegan recipes she might want to swap?


  18. […] can read all about Bambina (as I like to call her) here. Isn’t she adorable? Of course, I would wet my pants if I found her crawling on my helpless […]


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  20. Star Carlton Says:

    The only thing we have to fear is .. fear itself.. and spiders.

  21. Black Wolf Says:

    lol I have arachniphobia (yeah, I don’t know how to spell it either) and I actually think this guys sorta cute! At least I know he wont bite my toe or somethin!
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  22. derekpiotr Says:

    how utterly and fantastically bizarre.

  23. jalo Says:

    wow thats was amazing and it was so rare to catch up cute photos for a spider ^_^

  24. sunny Says:

    I’m not vegetarian, but quite interesting.

  25. jimmynorth Says:

    Hm.. interesting: a spider-vegetarian. if also those animals who eat spiters became vegetarian… lol!


  26. This spider can’t be the only one. I think that in South America we have a spiece too.

  27. Gerard Says:

    how strange. now if we could only overcome the “ick” factor concerning large swarms of spiders… eating vegetables. kinda takes the edge off of things.

  28. mark Says:

    seems it is a good pet!


  29. […] shuffle-step on Darwinism? Or Obamania getting way out of hand? It’s official. Vegetarianism has gone too far: A Central American spider, Bagheera kiplingi, is the first arachnid that primarily eats […]

  30. superhare Says:

    ahaha lol
    thanks, i don’t believe this


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