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Ant jumping Spiders - Myrmarachne

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Ant jumping Spiders - Myrmarachne

Unread post by Nannie » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:24 am

Hi can anyone help to confirm, or correctly ID this.
I first ID this from my insect book as a Slender Ant (Tetraponera). But on re-look and re-think an ant has 6 legs, also the Slender ant is only 4-10mm long and the eyes are on the side of the head.
This insect and I am now thinking spider has 8legs, is about 18mm long, it can spin a web ( see insert ). The actual eyes are in front ( see insert ). The eye on the side of the head I think are false eyes ???.
Saw this in a friends garden in Marloth Park.


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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by NetEk » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:33 pm


Found this pic Thankyou Wikipedia it looks like the right familie for you Ant/spider.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:27 pm

Looks like its wearing sunglasses! 8)

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:45 pm

Hi Nannie and Netek,

Your ant/spider is actually a jumping spider -- check the eye configuration. Genus Myrmarachne, called ant jumping spiders. Definitely NOT ants...

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