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The Top 10 Most Amazing Ant-Mimics

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Camouflage is nothing new in the animal kingdom... thousands of species use it for both hiding from predators and for sneaking up on prey. In these ten cases, everyone wants to be the cool kids on the block... ants. Ants, it turns out, are the Fonzies of the insect and arachnid world. Nature has totally noticed that no one f**ks with ants. They are brutally tough, they are full of acid, they fight in organized battalions, they have powerful slicing mandibles and they taste bad. Predators stay away. And so, entire groups of spiders and other insects have tapped their multiple legs thoughtfully against their mandibles and mused: "Those guys kind of rule."

Over two hundred species of jumping spiders alone have decided that ant life is the life for them. In many of these cases they do so for the protection it provides. Look like an ant, walk like an ant... no one eats you. In some other instances, it's awesome cover to sling an antskin over your back and walk out into the colony -- shaking hands and eating whoever you want.

Ant-mimics usually use their first or second pair of legs to fake ant antennae, such reducing the number of functional legs to six. Look carefully, count legs. These guys are so good, if I wasn't telling you these were NOT ants, you would never know!
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