Jumping Spider Subdues Carpenter Ant

June 16, 2009 | Twelvestones, Roswell, GA, USA

I found this pair on a viburnum in my backyard. What looks like a male Phidippus whitmani has subdued what I assume is a winged reproductive carpenter ant.

I didn’t notice while I was taking pictures, but while reviewing them I saw that a little fly arrived to share in the spoils.

Fly arriving

Fly on ant

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One Response to Jumping Spider Subdues Carpenter Ant

  1. br says:

    The tiny approaching critter is a female scuttle fly (Phoridae). The behavior and the prominent ovipositor reminds me of the so called “ant-decapitating flies” (Apocephalus).


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