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Featured The Amazing ant-mimic jumping spider

Discussion in 'Nature' started by adammaniam, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    If you have seen one of these before, there is a pretty good chance you thought it was an ant.



    (a) they run around extremely quickly, just like ants;

    (b) they raise their front legs up and move them round to mimic the antennae of ants; and

    (c) they have the same colours as ants. Some are completely red, some completely black, and some a mixture like this.

    You can tell it's a spider if you look closely enough, in particular, at their eyes (huge and not ant-like) and by counting their number of legs of course.

    This post was brought to you by my trusty EM-10mk1 and Olympus 60mm. Enjoy.

    P2250118-4. P2250125-10. P2250131-4. P2250164-2.
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  2. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Fascinating stuff. I always assumed that animals somehow have a down-scaled intelligence that allows them to recognize each other (maybe even individuals), but this makes me doubt that, lol, at least based on sight. If someone about our size showed up but had 8 eyes and giant teeth, we might be suspicious. Of course, maybe ants eyesight is super limited, and they communicate more on pheromones that the ant-spider also mimics? The shape/size just gets them into the ballpark?

    edit -- it looks like it's more based on touch then pheromones or sight. Fascinating stuff, and thanks for posting! Didn't even know there was such creature. Ant spider - Wikipedia
  3. iLumix

    iLumix Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2018
    Wow.. :eek: 
  4. Great shots, and nice narrative.
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  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Great shots and background information! Dang, that critter is ugly.
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  6. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    @WT21@WT21 - You are most welcome. One of the great things about shooting macro is the opportunity to show people the fascinating things in the world that are right around them, but which they may never have seen. Glad you enjoyed the post and learnt something new!
  7. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
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  8. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    Thanks @Holoholo55@Holoholo55

    That's an ant-mimic crab spider, from a different species. But still fascinating to me too. Here are 2 shots I took of one previously.

    PC050168. PC050169.
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  9. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle haunted scrap heap Subscribing Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    Like, The Valley
    A lot to ponder in all of that. I've always wanted to encounter one of these in person... I mean, I'm 99% sure I haven't... ;) 
  10. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    Haha. I'm sure if you knew of their existence, you would notice one if you saw it and would not mistake it for an ant. Hope you get to see one soon, they are fascinating.
  11. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    It's not "traditionally" beautiful but for a macro shooter, the more difficult the organism is to find, the more beautiful it appears to us. So this one looks pretty good to me!
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  12. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
  13. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    Glad you found it worth a wow :) 
  14. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 10, 2010
    Kiillarney, OzTrailEYa
    great shots ... the world is an amazing place

    In Australia we have an ant called the bull ant (which has a more 'wasp' like behavior and living style) ... my guess is that those spiders may not survive the encounter


    even hard for me to kill the bastards... if you get bitten you'll not forget it quickly
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  15. Egregius V

    Egregius V Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    Massachusetts, USA
    Rev. Gregory Vozzo
    Enjoying this. It's reminding me of Adrian Tchaikovsky's "Children of Time" - a masterfully-written sci-fi novel I read a while back. Immerses the reader in a world of hyper-evolved spiders and ants. Very cool.
  16. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    Thanks for sharing @pellicle@pellicle . Those guys look nasty - I doubt even I might survive an encounter with one!
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  17. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    @Egregius V@Egregius V Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it and that others like @pellicle@pellicle and @Holoholo55@Holoholo55 took the trouble to share some interesting input too :) 
  18. audiodrive

    audiodrive Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
  19. adammaniam

    adammaniam Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 7, 2015
    Thanks! Glad you liked the post.
  20. Bill R

    Bill R Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 25, 2016
    Pacific Northwest
    Having photographed insects...you must be as quick and nimble as your spider. Informative and fantastic shots!!
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