Of all the wonderful places on our amazing planet, there’s nowhere more terrifying than Australia. Not because of the people (who we’re sure are lovely) but because of the animal inhabitants.
Honestly, whenever you hear about some terrifying creature from the animal kingdom, you can bet the story takes place in the land down under. And this latest story is no exception.
A “hawk wasp” has been caught dragging a huntsman spider off for a tasty snack.
Seriously. Keep scrolling to find out more, if you dare…
While it’s not quite known why so many people are afraid of the eight-legged creatures, arachnophobia is likely triggered by our instinctual memories of poisonous insects.
Although there are spiders out there which are venomous, it’s exceptionally rare for a human to be killed or even injured by a spider. The worst they normally do is give you a fright.
Hey, they rarely do any harm – and without them, we’d be overrun with other insects. So maybe spiders are okay, after all?
Because there’s one breed of spider which always seems to be making headlines for highly terrifying reasons – the huntsman.
The main one being their incredible size. Male huntsman spiders are able to reach between ten and twelve inches in diameter. Yikes.
Though their diet consists mainly of insects, huntsman have been known to snack on larger creatures, such as reptiles and small birds.
The world was repulsed a couple of years ago when footage emerged of a huntsman spider dragging a mouse carcass across the wall of one unfortunate soul’s house.
This incident obviously happened in Queensland, Australia.
Another monstrous hunstman was seen devouring a pygmy possum in Tasmania, Australia (duh…).
And to make things even worse, it was casually feasting on its prey on the wall of their hotel room.
Australia? It’s a no from me.
Contrary to prior belief, these formidable looking creatures are actually harmless.
Huntsman spiders famously use their venom to immobilize prey, but this doesn’t seemingly have any effects on humans. Though a bite from one of these critters can be painful, they aren’t deadly.
Though maybe don’t pop one in your mouth.
The creatures are known to invade people’s homes in Australia, but are innocently looking for food and shelter.
Having lived in Australia myself, I can vouch for the fact that a huntsman will pop up to say hello around once a week. Not fun, guys.
Australian’s are famously weathered people when it comes to dealing with creepy crawlies.
And it’s safe to say that even the Aussies weren’t prepared for this one.
We introduce you to the Tarantula Hawk Wasp…
A hawk wasp is a species of wasp that specifically prey on large species of spiders, such as tarantulas.
These little creatures are simply horrifying.
They are a lot stronger than they look, and they have the natural strength to drag around a spider twice their size.
The species of wasp basically immobilizes its prey by using the body of the spider as a host.
It lays an egg inside the alive spider which then hatches. The larva will then eat the unfortunate spider alive from the inside out, which is when the original wasp will pounce.
It’s some pretty ghastly stuff…
But that’s Mother Nature for you!
And it had just begun tucking into a pretty huge feast.
Or should we say one unfortunate huntsman spider?
This horrifying photograph was taken in Sydney, and it shows a pretty large hawk wasp dragging off a paralyzed huntsman spider back to its den for some pretty intense snacking.
The entire world has been recoiling in horror, with one user commenting, “I think the best part is knowing its all the way in Australia.. and it can’t hurt us here.”
Last year, a video of the little critter chomping down on a huntsman spider on a wired door.
For more gruesome spider content, keep scrolling to find out about the species of spider that rots human flesh…