Red Ant-Mimic Spiders are clever little arachnids. Their disguise gives them access to more than just safety from potential predators.
Red Ant-Mimic Spiders play both sides of the game: defense and offense. Their ability to be confused as red ants helps keep their predators at bay. It also allows them to get very close to their unsuspecting red ant prey.
Red Ants are usually found in or near their colonies. When one is injured, others will come and their bites are annoying, if not painful, to a predator. Red Ant-Mimic Spiders can take advantage of the wide berth they are given by other invertebrates. They can also get close enough to kill and eat an ant without drawing alarm because it blends in well with the species. Other insect prey that are indifferent to the presence of ants will not see an attack coming until it is too late.
Scientific Name: Castianeira sp.
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 5mm (0.12in to 0.20in)
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Legs: Spiders have four pairs of legs and these are attached to the cephalothorax.
Pedipalps: Small appendages near the mouth used as taste and smell organs.
Cephalothorax: Contains eyes, head, mouthparts, and legs.
Abdomen: Contains various organs related to digestion, reproduction, and web-making.
Spinnerets: Used in the production of spider silk for fashioning webs or catching prey.
NOTE: Unlike insects, spiders have both an endoskeleton (internal) and exoskeleton (external).