Carnivorous Zebras

Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus) – Opening up the garden shed and entering one morning I encountered this on one of my garden seat cushions I store in there. A Zebra Spider with quite a catch. It is a Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella), quite a bit larger than the spider, yet taken down. It was probably literally pounced upon, as these are known as jumping spiders, and they do not use webs to catch their prey.

Zebra Spider Salticus scenicus

Zebra Spider Salticus scenicus

Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella) female
Bee Moth, a female, taken last year.

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16 thoughts on “Carnivorous Zebras

  1. I remember that, as a boy, zebras provided my first experience with jumping spiders. I was fascinated immediately, and I never lost that fascination. They are one of my three favorites (the other two are Trite planiceps and Phidippus audax).

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