We talked earlier in the semester about the mutualism between ants and acacia trees. Turns out there is a bit of a thief in that mix, and a very unlikely one at that!
Yes, hard to believe, but they seem to have discovered a vegetarian jumping spider. The consummate predator, these things run past defending ants to get at the treats the tree produces for their guards.
As we know, food habits & diets evolve as opportunities do, and this is a wonderful case of just that. ay