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Vampire spider craves your blood

by Jennifer Viegas

Like Count Dracula and his real-life vampire bat counterparts, a small jumping spider has a taste for blood. The East African spider Evarcha culicivora cannot pierce skin and sip blood, so instead it feeds indirectly on blood.

It prefers to eat female mosquitoes that have just engorged themselves with a victim’s blood. The blood-hungry spider is the first predator identified that selects its prey based upon what the prey just ate. Similar to a protein shake, blood can be a highly nutritious drink that goes down smoothly.

Read the original article at: Discovery News

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