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Bagheera kiplingi is an omnivorous jumping spider that is noted for its largely plant-based diet.

Bagheera kiplingi is an omnivorous jumping spider that is noted for its largely plant-based diet.

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Hardinmyfrench
Hardinmyfrench
4 months ago

Where did it find a banana that small

Pardusco
Pardusco
4 months ago

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2009/10/12/bagheera-kiplingi-the-mostly-vegetarian-spider/

https://www.britannica.com/animal/Bagheera-kiplingi

They mostly feed on specialized protein- and fat-rich nubs called Beltian bodies, which form on leaf tips. The spiders actively avoid the ants that attempt to guard the Beltian bodies (their food source) against intruders.

Although the Beltian bodies account for over 90% of *B. kiplingi* diet, the spiders also consume nectar and occasionally steal ant larvae from passing worker ants for food. Sometimes, they cannibalize each other, especially during the dry season.

deathany8890
deathany8890
4 months ago

whoever named this thing really loved The Jungle Book

Thunderbird1974
Thunderbird1974
4 months ago

He’s a charming little guy, wouldn’t mind having him and his brethren in my back yard.

tyrannoAdjudica
tyrannoAdjudica
4 months ago

and they are the ONLY spiders that consistently consume any kind of vegetable matter, if i remember right! others may eat pollen when cleaning up their webs, but these little fellas consume the beltian bodies of the acacia tree.

they also have to outsmart the ants that live inside and coexist with/defend these trees!

some of the spiders are noted for being sociable with each other too, i think. id love to find a source for these, but im at work right now!

ThisPossiblyIsAnAlt
ThisPossiblyIsAnAlt
4 months ago

Awwww

A cute little spider

SteampunkCyborgOwl
SteampunkCyborgOwl
4 months ago

Look, for the number of eyes this thing evolved out of its skull, I’m suspicious of the plant based diet. Like what Gary? you need peripheral vision to hunt out that banana tree lurking in the dark Gary? Sure you do Gary. Sure.you.do.

stonecoldcoldstone
stonecoldcoldstone
4 months ago

banana for scale? :p

FeltonandPhelps
FeltonandPhelps
4 months ago

Yay! Vegan spider friend

iamsodonewithpeople
iamsodonewithpeople
4 months ago

Oh my god that’s a cute spider!!!!!!

Alexblack52
Alexblack52
4 months ago

Wow! What a lovely spidee. How far can it jump? Any idea where it is native to?

RavenMoore24
RavenMoore24
4 months ago

the least annoying vegan ever

Kimberlylynn2003
Kimberlylynn2003
4 months ago

Finally a spider I could be friends with

MrSindahblokk
MrSindahblokk
4 months ago

Named for the jungle book, I see.

jennabennett1001
jennabennett1001
4 months ago

Never thought I’d actually say this about a bug, much less a spider, but it’s cute!

Ayimany
Ayimany
4 months ago

Banana smol

mahimubashir2
mahimubashir2
4 months ago

Oh my god it cute!

eggloafs
eggloafs
4 months ago

Sweet young man I like his attitude

DorkyNerd02
DorkyNerd02
4 months ago

I see he’s been enjoying the new impossible fly.

ikilled5kids
ikilled5kids
4 months ago

Some people might find this scarry but look at its tiny eyes! So cute. I wanna boop it’s arms.

aseret1961
aseret1961
4 months ago

Lucas?! Is that you, Lucas?!!!

houston_wehaveaprblm
houston_wehaveaprblm
4 months ago

Look at that cutie pie

SGTLuPolt
SGTLuPolt
4 months ago

aaaaw look at this little guy eating a spider <3

ScarredSolace
ScarredSolace
4 months ago

Jumping spiders are so freaking adorable.

Secomav420
Secomav420
4 months ago

Bagheera was the panther in The Jungle Book.

_innominate_
_innominate_
4 months ago

Lions eating ice cream?

Wonder how they managed that.

Perhaps consume the leaf tip via same method as bugs?

Very interesting.

AmmrG
AmmrG
4 months ago

He probably ate kim jong un

mrmykeonthemic
mrmykeonthemic
4 months ago

Soo Cute

jadehummingbird1
jadehummingbird1
4 months ago

I though the spider was munchin a cheeto.

watashiwaben
watashiwaben
4 months ago

Nice

Bodyguard420
Bodyguard420
4 months ago

So how does it eat plant materials?

Master666OfChaos
Master666OfChaos
4 months ago

He’s okay.

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Omnishroom
Omnishroom
4 months ago

I saw a super cute animated short with a little guy like this.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx0VDi8EgtU

TiagoTiagoT
TiagoTiagoT
4 months ago

Is that Lucas?

OpabiniaRegalis320
OpabiniaRegalis320
4 months ago

I love fuzzy little spiders.

PuertoRock100
PuertoRock100
4 months ago

Didn’t know there was such a thing

justasoftey
justasoftey
4 months ago

Cute.

Ex_fat_64
Ex_fat_64
4 months ago

Omnivorous vs largely plant-based

Does not reconcile…

neverbetray
neverbetray
4 months ago

So many people don’t like spiders, but I find them fascinating. I read a book about them when I was a teenager, and I’ve loved them ever since. I rescue them whenever I can.

how_do_I_even_reddit
how_do_I_even_reddit
4 months ago

Anyone know what’s up with the Jungle Book name?

ImaginaryNourishment
ImaginaryNourishment
4 months ago

One weird spider, Sv3rige hates him!

mjams808
mjams808
4 months ago

Well only if he/she was on me in my house maybe.. if he scares me ya know I wouldn’t just squish with no cause

EweTwo
EweTwo
4 months ago

I just discovered r/spiderbros, this would probably be perfect for that subreddit.

justaregularderp
justaregularderp
4 months ago

Yeaaah you lost me at jumping. That’s a big NOPE.

lonelycucaracha
lonelycucaracha
4 months ago

Looks like hes eating a tiny cheeto

TheBadge04
TheBadge04
4 months ago

Vegan spider!

TiagoTiagoT
TiagoTiagoT
4 months ago

How big are they? Do they survive with just a plant diet? Can they be kept as pets?

goaterposter10
goaterposter10
4 months ago

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