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Subject: (Warning: Graphic Photos) Neobarrettia spinosa eating a gecko
Location: Canyon Lake, TX
June 22, 2012 1:12 am
I have to warn you. These pictures are gruesome.

Red Eyed Devil Eats Gecko

Earlier this evening, there was a Red Eyed Devil sitting on the blade of our patio fan. Not wanting it to drop down on us and attack, we turned the fan on, hoping that would dislodge it. After turning it on high speed for about a minute, the thing finally lost its grip and hit a window at probably over 100 mph. The thing acted disoriented for a minute or so, then crawled onto our sliding door.
I saw one of these a couple of weeks ago ferociously eating moths on a window, which was fairly terrifying, considering how fast and powerful the insect was. This one was not interested in moths, though. It disappeared into the frame of our sliding door and came back with the back half of a very large cricket, which it then finished devouring. I came back to check on it later, and that’s when I took these photos. I didn’t see the attack, but I think the gecko was alive, since its foot appeared to be trying to grip the edge of the screen door. It looks like the katydid gave up on trying to eat the head, now, and has moved on to the gecko’s belly.
For scale, the katydid’s body is about 2 inches.
I think I’m going to have nightmares about this.
Signature: -Dave

Red Eyed Devil Eats Gecko

Hi Dave,
We generally don’t think of insects and arachnids being able to eat vertebrates, so the photos are always a bit shocking.  Though gruesome, your photos are a welcome addition to our Food Chain tag.  Folks should be warned to handle Red Eyed Devils with caution as they are capable of biting humans and drawing blood, however, they do not attack without provocation.  Some other chilling arthropod eating vertebrates images on our website include this Giant Crab Spider eating a GeckoGolden Orbweaver eating a Hummingbird, a Preying Mantis feeding on a Hummingbird, a Preying Mantis eating a Mouse, a Preying Mantis eating a Tree Frog, an Australian Redback Spider eating a Lizard, a House Spider eating a Skink, a Fishing Spider eating a Lizard, a Fishing Spider eating a Tree Frog and this House Centipede eating a Mouse.  Thanks again for adding to our unusual documentation of insects and spiders eating vertebrates.

Red Eyed Devil Eats Gecko

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6 Responses to Red Eyed Devil eats Gecko

  1. Lance Crick says:

    So the katydid only ate the belly? I guess he saved 50% or more for later.

  2. Marina says:

    Are they good or bad to have in your garden?

  3. Blue Knudsen says:

    This is seriously the most heart wrenching photo I’ve ever seen. I honestly can’t think of anything worse. It will haunt my dreams as well. I love gore horror but this actually tops them all for me. It just struck a deep error chord. I found one not judging it’s red eyes and be friended the beast. I was happy. It was crawling all over me, much smaller than this one and a brighter green. It then bite my hand I shock it off in a parking lot. I felt bad until I started searching what was this red eyed grasshopper all about?? At work we have a cute grasshopper that watched our boss and comes to say “Hi” everyday. It’s her little protector. When it bite me, although did not draw blood which these guys have been known to do, even to a human. It was in the same area as our normal sweet little grasshopper protector. I’m worried now that in time our friend will die by this devil grasshopper. Although I Know if there are one, there are others. I still hate that it’s somewhere out there…lurking. I hope it gets ran over. I’m going to be continuously checking in the area until I get exausted or feel like it truly gone. I hope it dies but much like a horror movie I’m sure this creature feature will be around every night. Coming back to kill again. I’m not giving up. Even though they can fly?? Is that right?? Geeze, times like these you wish you’d just leave some insects alone. I truly thought it was harmless. I am shocked to learn otherwise.

  4. Blue Knudsen says:

    Guess what?? Sure enough he was up on the window by our grasshopper friend so he made my job easy. It was probably going to do a horror show right in front of my boss. I prevented that a killed the beast. Then Nate, my co worker said he wanted to use it for bate and it’s going to be bass food now. Especially since it bit me.

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