"What other interaction besides being the predator do zebra spiders have?"
    Spiders are soft bodied animals that can be eaten and consequently have many enemies, or predators.

"Hard to believe?" Just look at this YouTube video of a zebra spider being attacked by a wasp.

"Can zebra spiders serve as a host?"
    Nematodes (round worms) and mites are known parasites of spiders. These mites can easily be spotted on the spider as red dots. There are also flies (Acroceridae) that attack spiders and deposit the black colored eggs, on vegetation or on the ground. The newly hatched larvae are very mobile, they crawl or even jump on a spider's leg. These larvae penetrate thought the legs the book lungs and consequently kills the spider.

"Do they have any predators?"
    Also birds, lizards, geckos, scorpions catch spiders from the ground or out of their web. The praying mantis, a great killer, eats any insect or spider it runs into, even another praying mantis that happens to be on its knees. The greatest threat to spiders is other spiders. When times are hard and food is scarce, it becomes hard for the spider to overlook it's next of kin.

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Nematodes Birds    Lizards   Parasite   Other Spiders

"Does the Zebra spider effect humans?"

The jumping spider is often mistaken for being dangerous, but in reality they are not. The jumping spider is not poisonous to humans. Like a wolf spider, the jumping spider typically does not attack humans unless they feel threatened or in danger. The only way a jumping spider bite may be hazardous is if the person bitten is allergic to spider venom. Learn more about the zebra spider on the facts page.


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