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8 Legged Killers

Goldenrod crab spider, Misumena Vatia hunting small bug.

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Today, around 1,200 species of spider roam the earth, and they are nearly all venomous. Discover the great lengths a jumping spider will go for a meal or the intricate hunting techniques of the rapid wolf spider, and why the bolas spider has a picky appetite when it comes to male moths. Whether you are turned off by their mere existence or taken with their bulging eyes, take a closer look at these master assassins.