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    Ant Mimic Spider - (Castianeira longipalpis)

    The look of the Ant Mimic Spider should be enough, but it also has a clever method for getting its next meal without having to wait.

    Staff Writer (8/15/2017): With bodies shaped more like ants, at first glance, it may be difficult to tell that this creature is a spider. They walk with their front pair of legs raised in the air as if they were antennae, making it tricky to identify it as a spider when first counting legs. The resemblance to ants is a defense against predators. Many types of ants are pungent to taste and are unlikely to become food for larger predators. Ant Mimic Spiders often live near ant hills or nests to benefit from that unsavory reputation.

    They can be found anywhere ants are found: fields, lawns, gardens, woods, on trees and under stones. Look for their tubular sacs of silk inside a rolled-up leaf or under plant matter. When not hunting, they rest inside these sacs as do all members of the Clubionidae family.

    Females are only slightly larger than males. They eat smaller insects and eggs hatch in autumn with spiderlings overwintering until spring.

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    Ant Mimic Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Ant Mimic Spider
    Scientific Name: Castianeira longipalpis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Corinnidae
           Genus: Castianeira
            Species: longipalpis

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 10mm (0.20in to 0.39in)

    Identifying Colors: black; yellow; orange; red

    Additional Descriptors: ant-like, patterned, venomous

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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