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A huntsman spider feasting on a tree frog inside a leaf trap

Dominic Martin

Your home is your sanctuary – except when you are a tree frog and a nice-looking retreat contains a huntsman spider looking to make a meal of you. These spiders have now been seen making traps out of leaves the frogs tend to hide in.

Researchers ran across this behaviour for the first time while doing wildlife surveys in vanilla plantations in north-east Madagascar in 2017. While surveying birds, Dominic Martin at the University of Goettingen in Germany noticed a huntsman spider (Damastes sp.) feasting on a …