What is the natural predator of spiders

Not for insect phobics - spiders eat more meat than humans

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All people together eat around 400 million tons of meat per year. All spiders together can double that.

All spiders worldwide eat between 400 and 800 million tons of insects and other small animals in one year. For comparison: The whole of humanity, on the other hand, only eats around 400 million tons of meat and fish a year. This is what the journal “The Science of Nature” writes.

According to the researchers, whales eat between 280 and 500 million tons of food. And sea birds create 70 million tons of fish and seafood.

Spider important as a predator and prey

In addition to new data, the researchers also used 65 previous studies for their study. Their results show the importance of the spider's natural role as a predator. Especially in forests and grasslands, where most spiders live, the animals prevented many insect pests.

But spiders are also eaten in abundance: between 8,000 and 10,000 predators and parasites feed exclusively on them. In addition, the eight-legged creatures are an important part of the menu for around 3000 to 5000 species of birds. records the study.

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