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David v Goliath

Apricia jovialis

Description:

I finally found out what these small chubby jumping spiders eat.
Much bigger spiders. If this isn't accidental then it looks a very sensible choice of bite site. Once committed I guess they just hang on and hope.
Reminiscent of the weasel on the woodpecker.

Habitat:

Under the eaves of a pavilion in a local sports reserve.

Notes:

Was called 'Breda jovialis'.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Breda+jovi...
Yet to ID the prey.

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14 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Good spotting !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks SJ

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Great capture Mark...TFS..

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

It just seems a bit greedy Marta... unless it's inviting some friends for dinner.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Wow! Well..is nature! :-)

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

I'll never look at one the same again!

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

That's just sick!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks for all the comments and likes.
@FG not that hard to get because after an initial struggle they both just froze and waited while the venom took effect.

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 7 years ago

Great spotting! Was it hard to get that photo?

jeslowery
jeslowery 7 years ago

Cool!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 7 years ago

OMG that is wild!!! Takes mechanical bull riding to a whole new level really :D Awesome spotting Mark! Thank you for sharing :)

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 7 years ago

Maybe he used some strategy to kill it like his cousin Portia!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks Ashutosh. I probably should have stayed to see what happened next.

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 7 years ago

Super-Spider! Awesome spotting...

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 6, 2015
Submitted on Mar 6, 2015

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