10 Incredible Insect & Spider Battles

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This is a collection of some of the most amazing insect and spider battles caught on tape. These are all predators - in almost all cases here, they are predator vs. predator... but in some it's a matter of small vs. large. These arthropods have been on the planet longer than we have, and they have developed an amazing arsenal of protective and predatory capabilities, all for survival of the fittest predatory insects.

What happens when you match up the most dangerous insects and spiders? Usually when we think of bugs, we think of things to step on, squash or poison... but maybe these bug battles between insects and arachnids will elicit some respect.

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    Matabele Ants vs. Termites

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    Matabele ants are also known as Driver ants, or Siafu. These guys are known for their marching columns of death that can contain up to 50 million ants. They devour anything in their path that can not move fast enough to get out of the way. They are also known as army ants for a reason. Watch their tactics as they discover a large termite mound and plan their attack.
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    Praying Mantis vs. Corn Snake

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    There are few insect predators as awesome as the Praying Mantis. They are avid hunters and will literally kill and eat anything they can catch. Anything.
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    Tarantula Hawk vs. Tarantula

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    Try not to be annoyed by the stoned dudes who made this video... they caught some really great footage, especially near the end. My favorite thing about this video is that those guys thought that the Tarantula Hawk (a very aggressive species of wasp) was a poor widdle hornet.
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    Bulldog Ant vs. Everything

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    This is a mean, angry ant. All the time, angry. And mean. This thing is well known for its aggression, and for the incomparable pain of its sting. As with any powerful venomous creature, an allergic reaction can mean death for humans. And in the case of other animals? The Bulldog ant will get all up in your grille for no reason at all. He's that insecure drunk guy who spends a ton of time at the gym and thinks you're lookin' at him funny. If it moves, the Bulldog will attack it.
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    Matabele Ants vs. Crab

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    Siafu again? Come on, I could watch these guys all day. They are astonishing.
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    Giant Centipede vs. Goliath Tarantula

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    Try to get over the creepy crawlies when you watch this... its actually really cool.
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    Fer De Lance vs. Tarantula

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    When I was a kid, for some reason the Fer De Lance was the scariest thing I could imagine. My family went to the Serpentarium in Miami (I wonder if it's still there?) and I learned about this snake, one of the most venomous in the world... also the most dangerous just because of how pissy it is. Within 36 hours, this snake's venom will cause internal hemorrhaging and necrosis (rotting of skin and muscle). In other words, this is one bad ASS Tarantula.
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    Honey Bees vs. Japanese Giant Hornet

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    The Japanese Giant Hornet is a killing machine. It can grow up to 1.5 inches long and has a wingspan of almost 2.5 inches. While it is not the most venomous of the flying, stinging social insects... it makes up for that by sheer volume of what it's able to inject. normally this predator will scout for hives of honey bees. Once found, a group of 30 hornets can finish off a hive of 30,000 bees in 3 hours. Awesomely, they not only kill the bees, but dismember them and bring just the thoraxes home with them to feed their kids!
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