Crab or Ant?  by myautofocuslife

Crab or Ant?

The answer is neither crab nor ant, but spider, of course! XD

This is an ant-mimic crab spider (Amyciaea lineatipes). It preys on red weaver ants and passes itself off as one to do this. When it stands still, it holds up its front legs and waves them restlessly about, to pass them off as ant antennae. Even from the back, the two black dots on its abdomen look like the eyes of a red ant.

The first time I spotted one of these, I was fooled. Only when I looked closer, did I realize that it had 8 legs, not 6. This one was only 5mm (0.2in) and was a little smaller than the red weaver ants that were all over the same plant it was on.

There is a large version if you'd like to see it.

How very cool! And a great capture.
August 31st, 2012  
Goodness you are good to spot these tiny things; fabulous shot and sounds like he had plenty of food in the surrounding area
August 31st, 2012  
Nice ECU! Check out my newly posted spider shots.
August 31st, 2012  
Very interesting and not one I have ever heard of, the spider/ant universe is amazingly diverse though.
August 31st, 2012  
I dont like spiders, but this picture is great.
August 31st, 2012  
Such a cool shot!
August 31st, 2012  
Very cunning! Love its pose. :)
August 31st, 2012  
Great shot. Love the creature next to the vibrant green.
August 31st, 2012  
Beautiful
August 31st, 2012  
Very cool beast. Great capture. The ant mimicking jumpers floor me with how close their appearance and movements are to the ant models they mimick. Never seen this one before, thanks for sharing.
August 31st, 2012  
Hey look. It's green! And, it's a spider. Livia is back!!
August 31st, 2012  
What unbelievable macro on this creepy guy!
August 31st, 2012  
Love the sneaky ways insects and other creatures have adapted to protect themselves. Amazing. Great capture.
August 31st, 2012  
This is nature at its best, your capture is fantastic and your knowledge outstanding Livia
August 31st, 2012  
Wow, amazing shot, clarity and the colors are wicked cool.
August 31st, 2012  
I find spiders fascinating... especially when I wake up in the morning and see a giant web spun across the back door
August 31st, 2012  
A very handsome spider! Great colours and clarity.
August 31st, 2012  
It looks like it has eyes on it's butt!
August 31st, 2012  
Very cool! I was going to same the same thing as Amanda. Eyes on both ends LOL head and butt. Great Capture!
August 31st, 2012  
Very cool macro! Great focus, colours, bug shape!
August 31st, 2012  
Eeek! I'm not a huge fan of spideys, but that photo is great! Your composition is very effective.
August 31st, 2012  
Very cool shot. Love the POV.
August 31st, 2012  
That is so cool! It really does look like a red ant. Love the legs. Nature is amazing! Wonderful shot!
August 31st, 2012  
Wonderful capture!
August 31st, 2012  
Back to the green background !! Welcome back to your home turf. Love the capture of this tiny creature. As always you macro shots are perfect and you descriptions encyclopedic.
August 31st, 2012  
What a tricky beast. I love your composition with the dynamic portrait format and the diagonal line leading to the spider.
August 31st, 2012  
Great macro Livia!! I enjoyed your very informative commentary as well!!
August 31st, 2012  
Wonderful capture and it's always interesting to hear about these mini beasts xx
August 31st, 2012  
That's crazy! Nature amazes me. Awesome capture!
August 31st, 2012  
it looks like it's doing calisthenics. maybe it's thinking olympics is still on. where do you get these critters, livia? :-D
August 31st, 2012  
An interesting fellow for sure!!! So cool you always know the names of everything. I'm usually too lazy to look stuff up.
August 31st, 2012  
Gorgeous! fabulous legs!
August 31st, 2012  
terrific capture - love the dof
August 31st, 2012  
I`m glad I`m staying . otherwise I`ve missed this great pic.
Great explanation, you must know a lot about spiders.
August 31st, 2012  
wow he is a beauty.
August 31st, 2012  
A very unusual leg position on this spider - which I assumed was an ant before I read your description!
August 31st, 2012  
Great shot of this sneaky little critter. Certainly looks like an ant at first, until you see the eight legs.
September 1st, 2012  
Fantastic shot of something so small. Love the richness of the vibrant green against this lilttle creature.
September 1st, 2012  
Wow what a super shot!! I find it quite funny that it is already 1 September where you are and here I´m sitting on 9 September and the sun is still too set. :-))
September 1st, 2012  
Awesome macro!
September 1st, 2012  
Great macro, nicely done.
September 1st, 2012  
Very cool looking spider.
September 1st, 2012  
Ian
Great macro shot
September 1st, 2012  
Very nice macro!
September 1st, 2012  
Excellent macro.
September 1st, 2012  
How sneaky of them! I've never heard of these before - so cool! Fabulous macro!!
September 1st, 2012  
so great! the pov is great to make the asymmetry show off
September 1st, 2012  
Incredible, Livia. You do such a fabulous job.
September 1st, 2012  
Your macros are just amazing!
September 1st, 2012  
Great close up!
September 1st, 2012  
Great macro
September 1st, 2012  
Great macro Livia
September 1st, 2012  
Wow! awesome macro!
September 1st, 2012  
Back to bugs...like back to basics! This is awesome. Love it and the info. Fav.
September 1st, 2012  
Wonderful close-up!
September 1st, 2012  
Perfectly Captured! love the Green! Glad your Back!! :0
September 1st, 2012  
Rob
My goodness! You are amazing what you can find! Nicely captured!
September 1st, 2012  
Whatever is there ...but a nicely focused shot......
September 1st, 2012  
great close up... a really awesome capture
September 1st, 2012  
I was gonna say spider because it had 8 legs :D
September 1st, 2012  
Cool macro and spider!
September 1st, 2012  
Nicely captured!
September 1st, 2012  
Beautifully captured but it still looks like an ant!!
September 1st, 2012  
oh what a sly creature! I thot it was an ant too except that it had 8 legs...heh
September 1st, 2012  
Great shot! I was trying to work out which end was its head!
September 1st, 2012  
I was thinking "ant" until I saw the legs. Great shot!
September 1st, 2012  
brilliant photography!
September 1st, 2012  
Nat
Your macro work is amazing Liv. Love that spider as does Miss 11 in our house :)
September 1st, 2012  
Fabulous perspective and detail. So much fun.
September 1st, 2012  
I have learned so much about spiders from you. In the past, before 365, a spider was a spider and as long as it wasn't poisonous --no problem. I never realized there were so many different species and some actually quite cute! What a sweet face he has....fabulous shot!
September 1st, 2012  
Wow, very cool. I thought this was an ant. What a great capture.
September 1st, 2012  
Fantastic colours and composition! I found a caterpillar in my garden today that I'm considering putting in my second album. I was trying to summon my inner macro genius (aka Livia) whilst taking photos of it but I don't think I've done your amazing work justice!
September 1st, 2012  
Ant pretending to be a crab? Nice :)
September 1st, 2012  
how you manage to always get such wonderful macros amazes me again and again!
September 1st, 2012  
Great capture and information!
September 1st, 2012  
Another winner! Love all the angularity in his legs!
September 1st, 2012  
Very interesting looking spider. I love the details. Great capture.
September 1st, 2012  
Wonderful macro!
September 1st, 2012  
I am amazed at your knowledge of spiders. Another beautifully taken macro shot.
September 1st, 2012  
What a great shot, i would definately mistake this for an ant =)
September 1st, 2012  
Great find. Love the DOF.
September 1st, 2012  
I was sure it was an ant! What an amazing animal - a beautiful shot, Livia!
September 1st, 2012  
great capture!!
September 1st, 2012  
Ha ha! Too many lags for ant, but my first impression sure was it :) Love the composition very much!
September 1st, 2012  
Ha - I read the title, and thought - I can't believe that's not a spider! What a great shot - he does truly look like an ant if it were not for the legs!! Great capture and info too!
September 1st, 2012  
Well, he sounds like a mean little imposter!
September 2nd, 2012  
Wow! What a cool spider!!! I love learning about unusual creatures! Awesome capture and info! :0)
September 2nd, 2012  
a great capture.it has two set of eyes
September 2nd, 2012  
Nice composition, lovely colours. Symetrical creature, btw. My fav.
September 2nd, 2012  
A great, big, not-antsy, not-crabby, but red and leggy "THANK YOU!" to everyone!

It's fun discovering spiders I'm seeing for the first time. I google for information when I get back. This little spider was very energetic. He was walking up and down the leaf, practically non-stop, the whole time I was trying to get a decent shot of him.

Thank you so much for your comments. I do appreciate your time and support. 79 shots to go! XD
September 2nd, 2012  
Wonderful detail!
September 2nd, 2012  
Great composition and focus as always, Livia!
September 3rd, 2012  
Awesome disguise on this wee guy - & another great spider shot - Welcome back Livia!
September 3rd, 2012  
Brilliant capture
September 3rd, 2012  
Lin
Love it! It's warming up here so I'm going to be hunting bugs myself soon...
September 3rd, 2012  
Wow, he's pretty cool isn't he?!? Love it Livia :)
September 3rd, 2012  
Great shot - hard to tell which way is the front!!
September 4th, 2012  
Brilliant, with a staggeringly incredible green colour.
September 4th, 2012  
Super!
September 5th, 2012  
That is so cool! Little did I know I would learn about more than photography here :) Beautiful detail!
September 26th, 2012  
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