Taking time to get acquainted with wildlife and wild places is an important activity for those of us who desire to live into community with all that has life; after all, how can I love and properly care for something (or someone) unless I take time to get to know them?
This is an important and a joyful discipline in my life.
It's worth noting that sometimes when we are taking time to get acquainted with our wild neighbors it helps to take a closer look, like in the case of this ant-mimic spider. If you are to watch the way it moves you'd swear that you're watching an ant, but upon closer inspection, its a spider!
Some studies suggest that the primary evolutionary force behind ant mimicry in some groups of spiders is that looking more like ants helps them to avoid predators. One such predator is the spider wasp. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant_mimicry)
This ant-mimic spider is one of the very interesting and beautiful-in-its-own-way creatures I happened upon during a recent adventure. I hope you enjoy it too.