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Do spiders eat earwigs?

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Thanks for your question. Most spiders are predators of other arthropods, this would include most of the insects. Although earwigs do have a fairly hardened exoskeleton (hard, outer covering of all arthropods), I would think it is possible for spiders to use them as food. Spiders do not exactly "eat" their prey, like we would eat food. Instead they inject digestive enzymes into their prey and wait for the insides to liquefy. The spiders suck the juice out of the prey instead of chewing it.

I have not personally seen spiders use earwigs as prey, but I would think it is possible.

Posted on 26 Aug 2008

Erin Hodgson
Extension Entomologist

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