This Jumping Spider (most likely a Phidppus carolinensis) was observed lowering itself on a web with prey in hand. This spider’s victim appears to be some kind of the stink bug or squash bug. The spider eventually came to rest on a vine where he began devouring his early morning meal.
|Date||–||Jun 26, 2012|
|Time of Day||–||Morning|
|Type of Behavior||–||Feeding|
|Main Article||–||Jumping Spider||Observation Location|
2 Replies to “Jumping Spider – Stink Bug Munch”
Chris, this spider has nabbed what appears to be a hemipteran called a conenosed bug, kissing bug, kissing beetle, etc. It is likely a Triatoma sp. See if this looks like the critter to you:
Keep up the good work!
Well, John, I like that suggestion, but I cannot be certain from the photographs. Here are a couple of things I noticed… The coloration, while close, it appears to be more vivid on the conenosed bug. Also the legs of the conenosed bug appear dantier and they lack the striping that I see in my photographs.
I did a quick google search looking for pictures of conenosed bugs photographed at different angles, and stumbled across this photograph from the same citybugs.tamu.edu website: http://agrilife.org/citybugs/files/2010/05/Brochymena-tree-stink-bug.jpg
This is labeled as a Brochymena Tree Stink Bug… from the looks of things, it deserves consideration as well. There are probably many others!
Thanks for the comment!