Bees attack giant spider
A bee farmer has captured the moment dozens of bees attacked a fishing spider who crawled a little too close to their hive.
Zaur Man, a bee farmer in Charleston, South Carolina, shared the astonishing footage on his YouTube page.
The dramatic video shows the honey bees surrounding the spider before they eventually paralyse and overpower the arachnid.
“This is a powerful hunting spider that does not spin a prey-catching snare,” the clip explains. “It is stalking its prey rather than snaring it in webs.”
It adds: “These spiders can often be found under the lids of my hives. Bees do not pay attention to this spider yet, because they do not see any danger.”
When the bees notice any fast movements from the spider, they attack and will continue “as long as they sense any movements of the enemy”.
“The bee venom paralyses the spider within seconds but the bees do not want to stop. More and more bees are coming to help,” the clip continues.
“The spider is completely destroyed but some bees want to make sure that the enemy is not going to come back and bite.”
Mr Man, who sells honey and bees from his online company, Fast Bees, has shared a number of incredible videos on his YouTube page, including his bees taking on a praying mantis.
Spiders also have medicinal purposes. In Australia, the giant tarantula’s venom is used in heart medication. Our Animal X Natural Mystery Unit team went to north Queensland to check it out.