Oh… oh my…
I think it’s safe to say that tarantulas are some of the most frightening creatures on early. I don’t care how tough you are, nobody likes a big, hairy spider.
But… maybe it’s the praying mantis we should be worried about?
When you think of a praying mantis, you typically think of tiny creatures that you’ll see walking around on leaves or in trees, minding their own business with their big, green rotating heads.
But no, this one video changed my perception of these insects forever, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to un-see it.
Somebody decided to put a praying mantis and a tarantula together, and filmed the whole thing so we could see the events transpire.
Little did I know that a small creature like a praying mantis, is actually capable of eating a tarantula… whole… in one sitting.
Of course, the person filming sped up the video, because you can imagine it would take an insect that small a while to consume a whole tarantula, but nevertheless, it’s still shocking to know just how much a praying mantis can consume in one sitting.
I mean, he licked the plate clean…
According to Keeping Insects, the praying mantis typically eats up to six insects a day, which include the likes of small worms, flies, and all the way to spiders. Praying mantises are known for their hunting abilities, using their powerful front legs to grab and hold their prey. Once they have caught their prey, they will consume it alive, often starting with the head.
For someone who has very little knowledge of insects, this is wild to me. These things are stone cold killers…. straight savages.
If they ever evolve to be larger, or some crazy scientist starts mutating the genes to make them to grow a few feet tall…. the entire human race is doomed.
Just see for yourself (the dramatic background music is a nice touch too):