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Do Bees Eat Spiders?

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I searched this question because I have a lot of spiders on my balcony, and recently I have been seeing a lot of bees too. Last week I was hoping to see a bee get caught in a spider web because I hate bees. The exact opposite has been happening though. The bees are attacking the spiders and, for the ones that are small enough, they carry them away. Sometimes the spiders are too big to carry away, so they just fall while fighting.
I know this doesn't answer your question about whether they EAT the spiders or not... But I was extremely surprised to watch a bee even attack a spider. I just watched another bee try to carry away a huge spider.
I live in toronto, canada, and I'm actually wondering whether these bees migrated from somewhere else, because everyone I tell this to is shocked.
I can't see insects hunting for sport!
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I searched this question because I live in Fort Collins Colorado and just witnessed a bee attack and haul off a spider i had just killed on my back porch!!!! I have been wondering what has been happening to some of the spider bodies that I have had to kill out there....ok I know they can be good for a garden but I don't like them and we have way to many of them around my new house and I don't want my grand kids to get bit like I always am when they come visit so if I see one I kill it!!!
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Wow - I live in Toronto as well and I've seen the same thing happening on my balcony. There are tons of spiders - I've never seen as many spiders in one window before - and in the past two weeks I've started to see bees grabbing the spiders. Really strange!
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I have seen bees get devoured by spiders, but if the bee is large enough, it will carry away the spider to shove into a honeycomb where a bee larva is curled up, so that when it awakens it eats the spider to help it grow. 
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The exact same thing has been happening on my balcony. Lot of spiders, then lots of bees, and not the bees attack and take big spiders with them. Saw this happen twice. I think all this rain has messed up the balance of nature somehow. Never seen so many spiders and bees in toronto.
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So how did you find out this interesting fact about the bees using the spiders to feed the larva in the honeycomb!!!??? That is so interesting thank you so much for sharing.
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Yes, Bees do eat Spiders.  I watched a bee today attack 2 different spiders and watched him as he ate one of them.  First time I saw a bee attack a spider and I was amazed.  I live in Port Orchard Washington.
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Great, so I'm not crazy after all...I've seen, a few times lately, a bee deliberately attacking spiders, and knocking them from their webs. He didn't appear to sting them, or attack them once they'd fallen, he just kept ramming them until they fell, then he'd move along to the next one, and so on. You could tell he was hunting for them, the way he would go from web to web, and if there wasn't a spider in the web, he would hit the web, then hover for a second, I guess to see if a spider would come out. I've never seen a bee act this way before, it was so weird!
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Bees do not eat spiders, bees eat nectar and pollen.  Wasps eat spiders and look similar to bees.

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Shelley Hankin commented
Your wrong! Fat bees eat spiders I watched this today ! 25/03/2016 in Stratford upon Avon uk. A bee hovered for approximately 5 mins then prodded at a large spider on the window ledge of the house he / she was hanging on its web! Minding its own then the bee attacked the spider brought it to the ground, they then had a full on twisted fight ....... I wouldn't have believed this if I haven't seen it with my own eyes, I'm 50 yrs old and it's the first time I have ever seen such an amazing thing, all the family were at the front window watching. Speechless! Not one of us knew that bees ate spiders ........ Maybe one day you will see this amazing treat from Mother Nature!
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And yes it was a big massive fat round bee,huge, and not a wasp ! I do know the difference

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