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Ant mimic jumping spider

Myrmarachne formicaria


On the leaf of one of my wife's orchids inside the house.


ID to species is entirely on the merit of location. The specimen was not capture or examined. This appears to be relatively recent addition to the area, having been introduced from Europe. I didn't find any references to them being found in Canada before during my (very) brief search, but given the existing spottings on, it is hardly unexpected. Unfortunately I had my external flashes set up in my studio at the time and so had to choose between DOF and on-camera flash. The set of images presented is a compromise to say the least.

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TKBotting 10 years ago

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

dawnsuzette 10 years ago

Neat. My daughter was just looking at those in her guidebook!

BrenoSouza 10 years ago

Crazy shoot!!! Congratulations.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

What a fascinating series :) Love the outcome for spider from ant mimicry and exhibition of polymorphism for the purpose of choosing a better mate:)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

nice spotting something really new to me

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Aug 28, 2013
Submitted on Aug 29, 2013

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