Spider Mimic Ant

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    Several groups of spiders have evolved to look and behave like various species of ants. This is known as mimicry. There are also spiders that mimic other insects such as flies and wasps. Most spider mimics belong to a few families of Hunting Spiders, notably the Salticidae (Jumping Spiders), Corinnidae (Sun Spiders), Thomisidae (Flower Spiders) and Zodariidae (Spotted or Ant Spiders).

    Ants are particularly good animals to mimic, firstly because they are very numerous and secondly because many animals find them distasteful or dangerous to eat. By looking like an ant, the spider mimic is less likely to be noticed or eaten.

    A few spiders not only look like ants but smell like them as well. These spiders are such good mimics that they trick not only animals that eat ants but they trick the ants as well. By smelling like the ants, the spider is able to enter the ant nest unchallenged and steal their young.

    Info taken from www.amonline.net.au

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    1. AnotherSaru - Limited mode 80 months ago | reply

      Wow incredible macro Kam!

    2. bertpix 80 months ago | reply

      Salute your shot as well as your description.

      Lim Peh Bo Wei Gong.

      Referred by TomQuah... haha

    3. scottsturgeon 80 months ago | reply

      Beautiful macro, great details....excellent description.

    4. xinapray 80 months ago | reply

      What a stunning, technically perfect composition. Wow!

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    5. williamcho 80 months ago | reply

      Lovely bokeh and pin sharp focusing. Love the greens!

    6. Wilson Low 80 months ago | reply

      wow, beautiful macro closeup shot! ;D beautiful

    7. BurgundyMT 80 months ago | reply

      Stunning macro! Thanks for sharing the interesting info as well.

    8. djecko 80 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot.

    9. bananaking 80 months ago | reply

      Fantastic macro!

    10. Sylver... 80 months ago | reply

      gorgeous shot!! =)

    11. jorapavi 79 months ago | reply

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    12. dott. dulcamara 71 months ago | reply

      these closeup are just wonderful
      my compliments

    13. augray [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

      Back for another look at your lovely ant. Such a great capture!

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    14. Rachel Pintado 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wildlife Photography with the Australian Museum, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Nice Shot!
      Please consider joining the group, it would be great to see more of your wildlife photos...

    15. beatnikerHH 56 months ago | reply

      Real great macro of this spider!

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