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Description:

We saw this poor tree frog getting eaten by this spider on our fence. This property backs up to a nature conservation area.

Habitat:

Tall grass and pond area.

Notes:

We don't know how to have two categories for one picture. We put amphibian but we are also trying to identify the spider.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Green tree frog
Hyla cinerea American green tree frog
Regal jumping spider
Phidippus regius Phidippus regius


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13 Comments

you should add this to the Hunters & Animal Food Habits mission! http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8463... Poor frog... epic win for the spider though!

psadoway
psadoway 8 years ago

Is that a picture of the frog or the very hery spider?

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

Wow! I've never seen a jumping spider go for a frog before (though I have seen a Pacific Tree Frog go for a kissing bug, and promptly spit it out!). Excellent capture!

jsdenisco
jsdenisco 9 years ago

Thanks for the ID help. I thought it was a jumping spider too. Although neither one was very large we still observed them from about 40 feet away and used the zoom lens to do it! I actually am incredibly fearful of spiders...

It is interesting how they are close in size to each other though, that spider must have been quick!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Oh my God, KERMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Wow! a spider eating a frog, Awesome!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great spot though I do feel sorry for the frog!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Yes, RavynVest, they do. Follow the link bellow and you will find a paper about harvestman spiders that feed on frogs:
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http://vida.ib.usp.br/~ricrocha/publicac...

RavynVest
RavynVest 9 years ago

Wow. I never knew spiders would go after frogs. That's either a HUGE spider or a tiny frog... I'm sadly not sure on what either species is, but thank you for posting this. It's insanely cool.

skinheaddave
skinheaddave 9 years ago

I'm not 100% on the frog. I was tempted to say Hyla squirella but after zooming in and looking for signs of patterning etc., I think H.cinerea.

Manaswini
Manaswini 9 years ago

wat kind of a spider is this?Its so dangerous

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

It must be a rather large spider. What size is it?

Little Rex
Little Rex 9 years ago

Woah... That is one wicked spider! Too bad for the frog though. :(

jsdenisco
Spotted by
jsdenisco

Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 26, 2010
Submitted on Dec 26, 2011

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