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Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders

There are several different looking spiders that have this name. Ant Mimicking Spiders,  Myrmarachne species, in Australia, are members of the Jumping Spider family but in the US some are members of Synemosyna formica species and others belong to Castianeira descripta  - the red spotted Ant Mimicking Spider. Here's some photos sent in by viewers.
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ANT MIMICKING SPIDERS

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Reply: This looks like one of the ant mimicking spiders - glen

14 January, 2013:
Hi Glen, I live in So Cal, near wetlands. Can't find this guy anywhere. Seems like he may be a garden or hunting spider? He's got brown legs and black body with yellow markings, almost happy face. Please tell me he's harmless! Found him in my bedroom on my fireplace. Thanks so much for your help! Mindy

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Reply: This looks like one of the ant mimicking spiders - glen

15 November, 2012:
Hi Glen, I really like your site and use it whenever I encounter a new spider. Up till now I have been able to identify my new friends, but this one has me stumped. Any help on this little guy? I really thought it was an ant at first. Thanks, Mark

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Reply: This looks like one of the ant mimicking spiders - glen
28 August, 2011:
Hi Glen, Can you possibly identify this tiny little spider for me? I found it on my deck in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island in BC. I have 2 pics, at first I thought I was looking at an ant, the way it was walking, then on further inspection discovered that it had a 8 legs and rather large palps for it's size. It has 2 white oval shaped spots on it's abdomen. I have not seen anything like it before. The second pic shows it's size as it is on my husband's finger. Thanks, Jen

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24 August, 2009:
this spider! thanks, a

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29 July, 2008:
Hi Glen, How have you been lately? Here are two neat little arachnids I found recently. I think one is an Ant Mimicking Spider with some legs missing. The other, I guess, is a Crab Spider of some kind. I've seen this little brown/orange kind a lot lately. I have posted a lengthy video containing good footage of the Crab Spider here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APPbZMTrFRs. Feel free to use the pictures if you want. -Damy

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29 June, 2008::
Hi Glen, This little gizmo sped across my bedroom floor yesterday, so I captured it and tried to take some pictures. This was the most highly mobile spider I've ever encountered. It almost never stopped moving, and could climb my clear plastic container that no other spider has so far. It ran me ragged, trying to get a good picture of it. I took a handful and gave up, letting it go outside. You can use the pictures if you want. --Damy

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WASP MIMICKING SPIDERS

Reply: This looks like one of the ant mimicking spiders - glen

4 November, 2012:
Hello! I know I just asked you about a spider, but I'm having trouble identifying this new one I caught. Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture of the eyes - it's quite small, like the last one! I live in the Chicago area of Illinois, USA. I hope you can help. Thank you for reading! -Revd Brian

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Reply: This looks like one of the wasp mimicking spiders - glen

22 July, 2012:
What kind of spider is this?

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Reply: This looks like one of the wasp mimicking spiders - glen

5 September, 2009:
Hi Glen, Came across your site tonight and thought if anyone may know what this spider is, it may be you. We found him in our house tonight (Dallas, TX). Never seen one around. Any ideas? Looked similar to a Castianeira occidens but I don't think that's it. Thanks! -Mark

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Reply: This looks like one of the wasp mimicking spiders - glen

30 May, 2012:
Hello, I've been browsing your site for about a year now and I love it. I have a few photos of spiders that I'm having a hard time identifying. I would really appreciate it if you could take some time to check them out for me. If you're too busy, I understand. I tried to ID them to the best of my ability, but I'm still a huge amateur at this: Parson.JPG - What I thought may have been a Parson spider, but when I took a look at the pics on your site I noticed the markings looked way different. It's about the size of a dime.

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21 August, 2009:
just found this in mingling in some bills on the table. can you identify? it was very quick moving and when approached, it would move it's abdomen around in a circular motion.. kind of like what a wasp or hornet would do when provoked. very odd. thanks!

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Reply: The spider  is actually an ant-mimic, Castianeira amoena. Note the orange coloration, banded hind two pairs of legs, and half-black front two pairs of legs. Dana

23 August, 2006:
could you tell me what this is. I found it in the bathroom acting quite aggressive when I came in. I live about 30 miles south of Kansas City Missouri adn I have never seen anything like this before. Wednesday Gray

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13 July, 2006:
Hi, I found this spider in my sons bedroom. I have no clue what kind it is, and cannot find it online. It's very small and very aggressive. Is it dangerous?.

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