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May 14th, 2010 at 10:24 am

Why Spiders Always Devour Ants Head First


Zodarion spider devouring an ant


Zodarion spiders dine exclusively on ants, and they’re very particular about how those ants should be prepared. The spiders always eat the ants’ heads first. It turns out this ghoulish practice is vital for the spider’s survival.


A group of researchers wanted to see of Zodarions simply thought the heads were tastier, or if the preference for heads served a purpose. So they devised a culinary experiment for their arachnid gourmands. According to Live Science:

These spiders attack ants and inject them with powerful venom that paralyzes the prey in mere minutes.

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