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WARNING! The next story isn’t for people that suffer from acute arachnophobia! You have been warned!

Regardless of a foul rap, spiders are sometimes hailed as nature’s nice regulators. They ensnare mosquitoes and flies of their webs, protecting these pesky insect species from ballooning uncontrolled. Different instances, they go full horror film and snack on animals, notably mammals and birds, a lot bigger than themselves. For those who ever come throughout such a tableau of terror exterior your house of residence, you have to transfer and by no means return as a result of your home now belongs to that flesh-hungry spider. No less than that is how we might deal with the state of affairs.

Annette Alaniz Guajardo of Poteet, Texas is, however, fabricated from a lot stronger stuff. Upon stepping out of her dwelling on Wednesday, she bore witness to a black and yellow backyard spider having fun with a meal of contemporary bat. No, not the baseball implement — the flying rodent that hunts at evening by way of echo location. She reported the prevalence to her native ABC affiliate information station, WTVD.

Let that sink in for a second… an eight-legged horror from past our comprehension (it sounds a bit like a type of acid-webbed spiders from Stephen King’s The Mist) captured a large flying mammal and ate it for dinner. If solely the bat’s sonar had been capable of detect the prototypical and “extremely seen zigzagging, X-shaped sample” net this species of spider normally spins. (Enjoyable truth: such a net is named a “stabilimentum” and the prevailing principle posited for its distinctive design is that it permits birds to sense the webbing, in order that they do not fly via and destroy the arachnid’s dwelling and primary meals lure.)

All doom-saying apart, it’s regular for such a arachnid to feast on larger animals that get caught of their webs together with the same old bugs like flies and bees. This intel was imparted to WTVD by Matt Bertone, an Entomologist with the NCSU Plant Illness and Insect Clinic. Extra importantly, you will be very relieved to know that the black and yellow backyard spider — which is native to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico — is completely innocent to people… until one will get doused in poisonous chemical compounds (a la 2002’s Eight Legged Freaks, pictured above), grows to an immense measurement, and begins craving even larger prey.