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Out of all the creepy-crawlies in the world, spiders are among the most feared. In fact, half of all women and 10 percent of all men show signs of arachnophobia, according to some data. In many ways, this is unfortunate, as spiders play an important ecological role, whether through feeding on insect pests or serving as prey for other creatures like birds and fish.
Yet although they can cause adult humans to flee the room screaming, in their own world spiders aren’t always the scariest bugs around. Wasps, praying mantises (like the one pictured here), centipedes and other spiders all pose threats to our eight-legged friends. Here’s a look at a few battles involving spiders and insects or other creepy-crawlies in which the spiders don’t necessarily have the upper hand.