Huntsman spiders eat tree frogs after luring them into leaf traps

Huntsman spiders in Madagascar eat tiny frogs, and scientists suspect that the spiders catch their prey by weaving “traps” made of leaves, to lure the frogs inside with a promise of protection from the sun.

In 2017, researchers spotted a spider in the Damastes genus clutching a Heterixalus andrakata tree frog — the second time that Madagascar spiders have been seen eating frogs. The spider was enjoying its meal while crouching inside a pocket crafted from two leaves that were still attached to a tree; the leaves’ edges were sealed together with spider silk, leaving a small opening.

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