A Johnson jumping spider enjoys the late afternoon sun shining on its mushroom cap doorstep
as it crunches on a earwig.
Male jumping spiders dance and sing to get the attraction of a female jumping spider. If she likes the performance, they mate. If she doesn't like it, she might eat him.
|Repositioning the earwig prey.|
In this photo, you can see the iridescent teal color of the spider's chelicerae ("hands").
|After 20 minutes of sucking out the juices of the earwig, the spider drops it.|
|Female velvet ant - another tiny creature of bold defenses.|
Hear Paul Shamble of Harvard University talk more about the acute eyesight and hearing of jumping spiders and their myrmecomorphy skills (ant mimicry) on Science Friday here, or check out this article on other reasons spiders mimic ants such as to sneak up on ants to attack them for a meal.
It's a bug eat bug world out there.
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Johnson jumping spider, Phidippus johnsoni
Velvet ant, Dasymutilla species