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Along Came a Vegetarian Spider …

Written by PETA | August 13, 2008

According to Science News magazine, researchers have discovered the first known vegetarian spider in Mexico. A jumping spider who dwells and dines in acacia trees, Bagheera kiplingi (Kip, to his friends) is a fly guy who passes on the usual bug buffet for leafy snacks snatched from neighboring ants. That’s right—Kip is an itsy-bitsy pickpocket. Athletic, thanks no doubt to their healthy vegetarian diet, these covert little arachnids give patrolling ant guards the slip and then swoop down and steal their supply of protein and fat-packed nubbins sprouting from the tips of leaves.

An eight-legged vegetarian renegade taking on an army to nick some nubbins. Neat, huh? Actually, all spiders are pretty darn neat. They’re also much more frightened of us than we are of them—and for good reason! Even on the rare occasions when spiders may try to bite to defend themselves, only a few can actually pierce human skin.

So what have we learned? Spiders are cool and deserve respect. Some vegetarians have eight legs. And when picnicking under an acacia tree in Mexico, never ever take your eyes off your salad. That said, here’s Kip, my personal pick for the “Cutest Vegetarian Alive”:




Written by Amy Elizabeth

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  • oceanworior says:

    actually honey bees are strictly vegan

  • o says:

    kind of after the fact but i thought i’d make two points 1 any spider big or strong enough can pierce the skin and thats the majority of spiders. 2 this spider is omniverous with a prefference for vegetation… it still eats other insects from time to time.

  • lynda downie says:

    Karen I thought Roxanne was simply putting a humorous spin on the story. I found her comment very lighthearted and funny.

  • Karen says:

    “Wow vegetarianism is really spreading around.” Roxanne What do you mean? Animals don’t really care about the animals they eat. They feel no guilt in it. Vegetarianism is not “spreading around” in the way you are implying.

  • Jessie says:

    Mm. Mmhmm. Yes. Well “cutest vegetarian alive” is not the first thing that comes to mind … Haha well anyway this story is awesome. Rock on little man.

  • Kris Shulfer says:

    what a cool pic

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Tg There are many animals that eat only plants but they are usually referred to as herbivores. But if you want to get nitpicky yes they may accidentally eat a bug on a plant.

  • blbr says:

    Maybe you’ll change the world one spider at a time.

  • Leigh says:

    Aw Kip looks so cute. Shows you that we can always learn more about our amazing planet and life on it.

  • Old Spiderwoman says:

    Bi bi Judith freedom fighter for animals my comments are not posted anymore i wish all the best to you and the other animal protectors! may GOD bless you!

  • tg says:

    Leaf tips and nectar only make up part of it’s diet. A huge part but only part. They also eat ants and even cannibalize each other. NO animal is strictly vegetarian!

  • lynda downie says:

    Nickin’ nubbins IS neat Kip! You got my respect!

  • vegan4animals says:

    That is so neat…I love spiders even though I was bit by recluse in my old house over 20 times! now I am so lucky to have the outside of my new house swathed in black widows. no bites as of yet. my favorite spider is the crab spider.

  • Sandy Gray says:

    All 4 luv

  • Roxanne says:

    Wow vegetarianism is really spreading around.

  • Bill says:

    Great essay Amy!