Ant Mimic Spider
Genus Castianeira

castianeira spider
You're probably thinking this spider does not look like an ant but, if it hides among the ants, this mimicry may
work, especially if it hangs around Velvet Ants. There is a good article covering this subject at Ask A Naturalist.
Joe Wilson, whom I met a Red Butte Garden one day while he was conducting research on native bees for
Utah State University, took this picture in Tooele County, Utah and sent it to me so I could post it on
 my site. I hope I get to see one of these soon. That's a gorgeous spider!  © Joseph Wilson 6-22-2015

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