boreal jumping spider feeding on a western tent caterpillar (pic)

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I took these pictures of a boreal jumping spider (Phidippus borealis) feeding on a western tent caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum) last June. I spotted the spider just after it had caught the caterpillar and was dragging it across the leaf of one of the banana plants in my garden. It’s always amazing to see what large prey small spiders are able to catch and haul around. Sort of like me killing a bull moose and carrying it home for dinner.

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More information and photos: Macro big game hunting: a boreal jumping spider feeding on a western tent caterpillar | macrocritters


P6290436 jumping spider and caterpillar copyright ernie cooper 2013 by ernie.cooper, on Flickr


P6290383 2 jumping spider and caterpillar copyright ernie cooper 2013 by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
 

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Amazing shots!
 

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These are fantastic! great job!
 

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I like the last one


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Nice shots. I keep a few jumping spiders and I love feeding time. Watching them stalk the pray and eventually pounce is super exiting :)
 

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Thats just awesome, how often do you catch a spectacle like that in the wild!
 

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