From Xplor for Kids
June 2014 Issue

Predator vs. Prey: Six-Spotted Fishing Spider vs. Gray Treefrog Tadpole

Publish Date

Jun 01, 2014

The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight. Here's what separates nature's winners from it's losers.

Fishing for Food

The six-spotted fishing spider is common along ponds and streams, but there’s nothing ordinary about it. Measuring 2.5 inches long, this big spider can hunt on land, water, and deep below.

Turbo Tadpole

The gray treefrog tadpole is a tempting meal, but the tadpole’s strong tail and newly developing legs let it quickly dart out of harm’s way.

Eight Eyes on Alert

With eight eyes, nothing slips past the fishing spider. Slight changes on the water’s surface alert it when a meal is within striking distance.

Water Walker

The fishing spider can walk on water. It can also row, sail, and dive. By trapping air bubbles on its legs, it can breathe underwater for half an hour.

Lying Low

Like many amphibians, tadpoles stay hidden during the day and don’t become active until night, when they are harder for predators to spot.

and the winner is…

Even if the six-spotted fishing spider lets this slippery tadpole slip by, chances are high it will get the next one that swims by.

Also in this issue

You Discover

School’s out, and the best way to beat summer boredom is to head outdoors.

How To: Make Yummy Trail Mix

Trail mix is the perfect snack to fuel your outdoor adventures.

Fast, Fierce, and Fluttery

Dragonflies aren’t dragons of course, but they’re just as awesome.

Freaks of Nature

Some of nature’s creatures are just plain... freaky.

Wild Jobs: Wetland Manager Vic Bogosian

Wetland manager Vic Bogosian has trapped more than 1,700 turtles at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, and, he says that barely scratches the shell.

Strange But True

Your guide to all the unusual, unique, and unbelievable stuff that goes on in nature.

This Issue's Staff:

Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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