Huge huntsman spiders eat tree frogs after luring them into leaf traps

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

In 2017, researchers noticed a spider within the Damastes genus clutching a Heterixalus andrakata tree frog — the second time that Madagascar spiders have been seen consuming frogs. The spider was having fun with its meal whereas crouching inside a pocket crafted from two leaves that have been nonetheless hooked up to a tree; the leaves’ edges have been sealed along with spider silk, leaving a small opening.

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