Poor hopper landed in the web when I was doing yard work. It froze for a solid 5 minutes, and the big gal didn’t think anything of it. Eventually, she became curious enough to start tapping around juuust to make sure. And that was that. Jeju-do, South Korea.

  1. Awesome video, I’m also shocked how different grasshoppers look in Asia vs the US. I know this true for lots of species of insects, but for some reason I never thought about grasshoppers.

  2. Yeah, we still have run-of-the-mill grasshoppers too, but Acrida cinerea, aka the Longheaded grasshopper/locust, fills the niche over here. They still crack me up and get pretty sizable late summer/early autumn.

  3. Thing looked totally immobilized from the beginning; seemed like a waste of precious silk when it wrapped it like 10x over. Unless it’s a method to hide it from scavengers or something. Although that will probably keep the spider fed for a week or two, so I suppose it won’t need a lot silk to catch anything else soon. But does the spider eat its own silk when it eventually goes to eat it?

  4. the silk doesn't just make sure the prey doesn't escape, it's also to make sure it doesn't injure her when she goes to bite it. you can see in the video it's still able to kick, which could injure her (notice that she wraps up the strong back legs first). by wrapping it up she's able to safely get in close to envenomate it without that risk :)

  5. Orb wevers actually one of the spiders that don't really have venom they wrap their prey in digestive enzymes which I think is more freaky

  6. Actually they do have venom, though a lot of times it’s harmless to humans. Argiope Iobata and Araneus gemma have an argiotoxin in their venom which is medically interesting for a lot of complicated and cool reasons (and A. gemma has dopamine too in its bite wooooo!)

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