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Invertebrate Eating Vertebrate

Posted in Weird Science with tags , , on November 17, 2011 by MONSTERMINIONS

Photo Credit: Scott Pittenger

The very concept of an insect or arachnid eating a higher life form makes me cringe.  There are examples in the animal kingdom —several large spiders of the genus Theraphosa (bird-eating spiders) ambush and consume small rodents, birds, lizards, frogs and snakes, and giant centipedes of the genus Scolopendra will consume about any living thing they can grasp on to.  Here’s an image taken in a palmetto habitat in Florida by my friend Scott. It’s a jumping spider, Genus Phidippus, consuming a juvenile tree frog.  The spider injects a paralyzing venom that digests both insect and in this case amphibian tissue. Frog legs for a spider.