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Amyciaea lineatipes by melvynyeo Amyciaea lineatipes by melvynyeo
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The abdomen imitates the head of the familiar "Kerengga" ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) with the two dark dots simulating the ant's eyes.

The cephalothorax is exaggeratedly arched, giving the impression that it is the abdomen of the ant.

The first two pairs of legs are often jerkily held up and down while the spider moves about in an advance-and-halt fashion.
It feeds on Kerengga ants at night. On seeing an ant, it pounces on the ant. While holding the ant in its jaws and anchoring itself with a safety line of silk, it falls with the ant. The silken safety line allows the spider to remain suspended in mid-air where the ant has no chance to mount a counter-attack. The ant soon ceases its futile struggle when the venom takes effect.

Crab spiders move sideways, like crabs. The body is not as hairy as in most spiders. They are slow-moving spiders which do not actively hunt like Wolf Spiders. Instead, they remain stationary and await in ambush for some unsuspecting insects to land in front of them. The first two pairs of legs in most Crab Spiders are longer and heavier than the third and fourth pairs, and are armed with spines for holding and grasping prey.
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exit-humanity Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
outstanding
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exit-humanity Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome
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LeonardRou Oct 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hello, can you share the lighting method or equipment you use ?I think your gallery has the best macro shots in Deviantart!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
Thank you and sorry for the later reply.

I'm using 5D2 + 100mmL + tubes + raynox 250. You can see my setup here.

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:iconemchompski:
So cool looking.
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Boaz6320 May 4, 2013  Student Artist
basically, it looks like an ant spider
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:iconmelvynyeo:
Yes... Its an Ant mimic :)
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:iconmountaindr:
fantastic detail
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