Vegetarian Spider Bagheera Kiplingi

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A vegetarian spider has been discovered in Central America, the first of it’s kind to date. Named for the kindly panther in Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book, the spider dwells predominantly in acacia trees and subsists almost entirely on Beltian bodies, which are nutritious growths common to the Acacia. From the article:

No other spiders are known to be anything like as vegetarian; a few others have been known to consume nectar in small quantities, but not as a staple part of their diet.

To further endear itself to arachnophobes, B. kiplingi males are the only known examples of caring fatherhood among spiders.

The males help the mothers look after their eggs and young. Both parents remain with the young after they hatch.

Vegetarian Spider Bagheera Kipling Found in Central America [The Telegraph]

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