Wednesday, October 14

? veggie spiders ?

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

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