Which Animals Eat Spiders?

Wrens feed spiders to their young.
Wrens feed spiders to their young.

Spiders have many enemies because of their small size. Their predators range from insects to other small and large animals. The spider’s predators include parasitic wasps, frogs, other spiders, birds, lizards, and humans.


Many wasp species see spiders as prey. Several species of dirt dauber wasps eat spiders. The species Gelis apterus and Calymmochilus dispar, discovered in 2013 in Portugal, also eat spiders.


Although it doesn't make up the majority of their diets, monkeys have been known to snack on the occasional spider.


Many insectivorous birds consume spiders. These include sparrows, black birds, crows, blue birds, and wrens. 

Amphibians and Reptiles

Frogs, lizards, and toads all consume spiders. The young toads and frogs feed on spiders until they grow into adults. Spiders form part of the diet for several species of lizards. In fact, this helps keep spider populations under control.


In Cambodia, deep fried spiders are considered delicacies. The town of Skuon in particularly is known for its fried psiders.

Other Animals That Eat Spiders

Ticks also feed on spiders, as do praying mantises. Group-foraging ants like army ants also attack spiders in a multitude and consume them.


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