spidyTarantulas. This is a species where you might want to be a lady. The females live to be 20-25. The males live barely over 8 years if they are lucky. What does this say about the strength of female….not to mention the females might decide to eat the male after they mate. This might be a great example of why you want to take the female to dinner first, although it rarely happens in the human world anymore. Hey, you can’t blame a woman for needing to be fed. But let’s talk about growing…. the way they grow is to molt. This means that they rid themselves of the body they have and leave it behind. This would put all the plastic surgeons out of work in L.A. I can tell you that.  The crazy thing is that they can replace even missing legs as well as replace the internal organs, stomach lining and even genitals. I wonder if you can rent another spiders body after they are done?  All I know is that when Angelina Jolie Molts, I want to be on the list. Or if I can not get her body I at least get her Italian vineyard. That seems fair. Since she just devoured Brad and will be full for a while. However, what I am about to tell you will make you forget everything else….The worst enemy of the tarantula is the Tarantula Hawk. ( which is not a tarantula or a hawk- it’s a wasp)The female wasp will paralyze the spider by stinging it. She then drags the tarantula to a secure private place and places her egg on the abdomen of the spider then leaves. When the egg hatches, which might take weeks, the baby wasps will eat away at the paralyzed spider avoiding the organs to keep the spider alive as long as possible.  I mean WHAT? I needed a while to digest this. But then I thought about it and realized this might be a strange way of natures balance. Since tarantulas paralyze their prey, vomit digestive enzymes all over it to then suck it up like a fruit smoothie with their fangs- this might be the best example of Karma I can possibly think of. But I still would rather think of molting into the next Angelina Jolie.( If you want to see it with your own eyes and remember we only have 2- here is the link. But beware, it is not for the weak.)


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