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A Wildlife Story - VAMPIRE Spiders attacking BAT

 
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fisheyeadventures



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:47 am    Post subject: A Wildlife Story - VAMPIRE Spiders attacking BAT Reply with quote

Hey everyone,

Weird spider look-alike creatures feast on bat's blood. Last week I discovered a lot of bats in our lodge in the primary forest of madagascar / masoala. After getting closer, trying to take some macro photos I discovered creepy parasatic bat flies sitting on their faces ... and colourful geckos;)
https://youtu.be/_jhnGAUnARc
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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hayath



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How cool is that!
That spider structure looks rather fortified
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The title is somewhat misleading. As revealed in the linked video these blood sucking creatures are not spiders at all. They are flies belonging to the insects.

I appreciate your efforts to create interest in the subject. But it is very easy to confuse people without fundamental understanding of the systematics. With their 6 legs and a clearly segmented abdomen these flies are not really spider look-alikes.
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