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Ant-Like Crab Spider

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The abdomen imitates the head of the familiar "Kerengga" ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) with the two dark dots simulating the ant's eyes.

The cephalothorax is exaggeratedly arched, giving the impression that it is the abdomen of the ant.

The first two pairs of legs are often jerkily held up and down while the spider moves about in an advance-and-halt fashion.
It feeds on Kerengga ants at night. On seeing an ant, it pounces on the ant. While holding the ant in its jaws and anchoring itself with a safety line of silk, it falls with the ant. The silken safety line allows the spider to remain suspended in mid-air where the ant has no chance to mount a counter-attack. The ant soon ceases its futile struggle when the venom takes effect.

Crab spiders move sideways, like crabs. The body is not as hairy as in most spiders. They are slow-moving spiders which do not actively hunt like Wolf Spiders. Instead, they remain stationary and await in ambush for some unsuspecting insects to land in front of them. The first two pairs of legs in most Crab Spiders are longer and heavier than the third and fourth pairs, and are armed with spines for holding and grasping prey.

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BlowMyJunk's avatar
who's a good little ant
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Oh wait, that's a spider disguised as an ant
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The perfect disguise
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He's soooo cute. Great shot!
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You're welcome!
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Great macro, so cute =D
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you're welcome :D
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What kind of lens did you use for this one? I want to buy me a macro but can't decide. ;)
Perfect shot and great motive again!
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I'm using Tamron 90mm macro lens for all my macros. Thanks!!
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WOOOAH! I have NEVER seen ANYTHING like that! I normally associate ant mimicry with Salticids and Castianeira spiders.
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Thanks! Here's the side view if you are interested

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That just makes it even weirder!
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xD I think it's beautiful, I love the eyes
Metkan's avatar
Awesome shot Melvyn :thumbsup:
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