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Ant-mimic spider III by dllavaneras Ant-mimic spider III by dllavaneras
Another fantastic ant mimic spider (Araneae: Corinnidae).
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Dizzy-Oven Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student Artist
Nice! An ant-spider hybrid. I don't even know how thats possible.
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's not a hybrid, it's a spider that looks like an ant =) Evolutionary forces have selected for this trait.
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JonReiskind Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Myrmecium sp.
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trop17 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
great shot!
I love these ant-mimicking spiders.
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So do I! =)
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Elric888 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Nice find!
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Elric888 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
You're welcome. I'm still keeping my eyes open for one of these here :D
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I usually find them around ant nests, so you might want to look around!
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Elric888 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
I'll keep looking, but I have yet to find any mantids around here.
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The-Dude-L-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot.
LOL! very tricky, but it's relatively small eyes give it away.

I wonder if it does anything to mask it's scent, because if it doesn't SMELL like an ant, they won't be fooled!!!
We know that like bees, a grabbed ant can send out a homing signal for others of the colony to attack.
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know that other ant-mimics eat the ant larvae and thus assimilate cuticular hydrocarbons so that the other ants recognize them as another colony member*, but I'd have to do more research regarding this family.

* [link]
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The-Dude-L-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting.
After reading that, it only makes sense that the spiders would be taking larva from the minor nestmates.
It's easier for the spiders to just trust the colony's dependance on chemical coding and con the weaker members. The detection ability of the major workers is likely much more discreet and that's why the spiders won't risk trying the same trick on them.
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Or they may be able to defeat a minor worker, but not a major one; hence they only take larvae from the ones they know they can defeat.
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mszafran Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
That ant has too many legs! :P
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, and too many eyes :P
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mszafran Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
I bet all the other ants made fun of him at school :D
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Larvae are cruel.
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mszafran Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
I blame the parents.
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dllavaneras Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The ant's aunts and sisters are to blame.
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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
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