ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bagheera kiplingi

Updated on June 4, 2011

One of a kind

Of the 40,000 species of spider with whom we share our planet only one, so far, is found to be, by preference, a vegetarian. It will, on occassion, eat other small creatures such as ants and other spiders but more than 99 times out of hundred it feeds on acacia nectar and leaf tips. It is surprising that the odd habits of this little spider took so long to come to the attention of science as it is surprisingly common within the Mexican Acacia belt.

Bagheera kiplingi is unusual in more ways than one. I have yet to figure out how a spider which lives in Acacia trees in Mexico should take its name from 'Bagheera', the black leopard in Rudyard Kipling's ' The Jungle Book (and the author too of course).

Vegetarian spider (Bagheera kiplingi) hunts plant prey


This curious little spider has a semi symbiotic relationship with the ants it shares its domain. There is even a suggestion that it may even be quasi-social with its own kind.

Bagheera kiplingi


Submit a Comment
  • Cindy Letchworth profile image

    Cindy Letchworth 

    10 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

    How interesting!

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    10 years ago from South East Asia

    Such is the web of life that when a butterfly dies alone in a jungle a thousand miles away we are affected. We will not notice but a very small change...very small indeed...has taken place in our lives.

  • Shalini Kagal profile image

    Shalini Kagal 

    10 years ago from India

    What an unusual name! And what an unusual spider! It's sad that man tends to destroy whatever frightens him - the web of Nature's balance is so delicate with a place for every creature and we upset that so much!

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    10 years ago from South East Asia

    I worry about the bees a lot. Their plight is not being given enough attention.

  • dohn121 profile image


    10 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    I tell you, Peter. People tell me how much they despise such things as bats and spiders, but without them, we'd have about 500 times more insects! More likely than not, the person that discovered and named this spider was certainly a fan of Rudyard Kipling. One scientist named a disease of a certain owl after Gary Larson! Bagheera is such a great name. Thanks again.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    10 years ago from South East Asia

    Just don't sleep with your mouth open.

  • sarahtrudeau profile image


    10 years ago from India

    Ah, you like spiders... how cute ;)

    I have enormous black spiders with reflective eyes on my walls every night- despite the fact that I am told they are "harmless," they scare the shit out of me. I wish I had been told they were vegetarian.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)