The Spider’s Supper

Jaime Culebras's Image

Jaime trekked a long distance to this stream in the hope of finding glass frogs. Instead, he found a wandering spider devouring glass frog eggs. Jaime caught the spider as it grasped the thin jelly coating between its fangs, steadying an egg with its palps – mouthparts that help with sensing and feeding.

Wandering spiders are usually sit-and-wait predators, pouncing on a wide range of insects and small vertebrates before injecting them with digestive juices and sucking in the liquefied prey. But this clutch of glass frog eggs would have been an irresistibly easy meal.

Behind the lens

Jaime Culebras

Jaime Culebras


Jaime has a bachelor's in biology, an MSc in environmental education and an MSc in biodiversity and conservation of tropical areas. He has been living in Ecuador for over nine years, where he works as a reptile and amphibian researcher and nature photographer. He has won numerous photography and conservation awards.

Image details

  • Sony ILCE-7M3
  • Canon 65mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/100 sec at f16  •   ISO 640  •   Yongnuo flash + trigger  •   Manfrotto tripod
  • Manduriacu Reserve, Imbabura, Ecuador
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