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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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:iconexit-humanity:
exit-humanity Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
outstanding
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconexit-humanity:
exit-humanity Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome
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LeonardRou Featured By Owner 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:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Thank you and sorry for the later reply.

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

1.bp.blogspot.com/-3IJ4iyGo94E…
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:iconemchompski:
EmChompski Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
So cool looking.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thanks! :)
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:iconboaz6320:
Boaz6320 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Artist
basically, it looks like an ant spider
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Yes... Its an Ant mimic :)
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:iconmountaindr:
mountaindr Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
fantastic detail
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconvermicule:
Vermicule Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg, I'm gonna throw out...
:(
I hate spiders.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I thought it look rather cute :)
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:iconsarapereiraart:
SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, Amazing!great capture!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconsarapereiraart:
SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ;)
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Rourke-1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Love it!!!! Requested at a couple of my groups...........
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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TswordZ Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Lol, i thought it was an ant. I counted 6 legs, but when I realize than 4 were in a side and just 2 in the other, I realize something was wrong XD

Magnificent shot.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconrobert-eede:
Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Beautifully taken and a very informative description, I must admit that I was fooled also in thinking it was an ant. :-)
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconrobert-eede:
Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
You're welcome :-)
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:iconzulus77:
ZULUS77 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
wonderful photo :)
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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NinjaScrag Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS A SPIDER?! Lol, thought it was an ant! It's really quite beautiful, though, and the shot is amazing!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconhellknightleon:
HellknightLeon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
He looks so happy!!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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coolgonzo969 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
A great picture with a fantastic explanation to it.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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:iconcoolgonzo969:
coolgonzo969 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
You're welcome ! ;-)

:squee:
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:iconatskill:
ATSkill Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this little guy completely missing a leg on his right side?
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yup.
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:iconseraphiczero:
Seraphiczero Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
"Come at me, bro!"
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really great shot!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :)
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