Spider lives on scarab beetles

The red widow spider predominately preys on beetles endemic to its Florida scrub habitat, according to new research.

University of Missouri biologist James Carrel has been monitoring the red widow for 23 years and has identified five species of scarab beetle which make up the bulk of the spider’s diet.

The elusive red widow spider is difficult to study because it is confined to its concealed habitat in the palmetto shrubs.

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