Feeding - the liquid lunch
disabling their prey with fangs and paralysing venom, spiders
never get to eat a solid meal. All their food has to be taken
up as a sort of insect soup.
biting an insect the spider first injects venom and then vomits
stomach juices over the wound. As the venom toxin paralyses
the victim, chemicals from both the venom and stomach juices
attack the insects soft internal tissues, breaking them
down into a liquid mush. The spiders sucking stomach
then pumps the liquid meal in through the small mouth opening.
spiders, like the Flower Spider, leave
their victims looking virtually intact, simply sucking them
dry. Others, like huntsman and orb web weaving spiders, have
strong teeth on their lower jaws. They use these to break up
and grind their victims, leaving behind only a small ball of