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  • Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider - (Castianeira  descripta)

    Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider - (Castianeira  descripta)

    Seeing a spider close by should set off alarms for many insects, but the Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider reaps the benefits of good behavior.

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    Staff Writer (1/28/2014): The Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider acts like an ant to gain better positioning when attacking prey. It walks on its back 6 legs while raising the front pair as if they were antennae. This behavior relaxes other ants and insects into thinking the spider's presence is nothing to worry about. It allows the spider to get close to its prey, making it easier to kill and eat.

    Adults spin sacs for themselves to rest in. These silken sacs are hidden near anthills or colonies somewhere either in a leaf, in bark cracks or on a node (where a new branch or tree starts growing). They can be found in a variety of habitats including woods, under stones, on shrubs or in parks.

    Females use their spider silk to wrap eggs in a sac. They then attach the shiny egg sac to a rock or stone for safe-keeping. Spiderlings overwinter and hatch in the spring, leaving their siblings to find their own way.

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    Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spider
    Scientific Name: Castianeira  descripta

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

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

    Identifying Colors: black; red; white

    Additional Descriptors: hairy, biting, venomous

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * 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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