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The spider Sphecotypus niger is an astonishingly accurate mimic of Pachycondyla villosa, both in form and in movement. The resemblance presumably protects the spider from predators, as its ant model has an extraordinarily painful sting.  Jatun Sacha reserve, Napo, Ecuador

The spider Sphecotypus niger is an astonishingly accurate mimic of Pachycondyla villosa, both in form and in movement. The resemblance presumably protects the spider from predators, as its ant model has an extraordinarily painful sting. Jatun Sacha reserve, Napo, Ecuador

The water bear (tardigrade, sw. björndjur) is nature's greatest survivor. It is up to 1,5 mm tall and found everywhere in the world. It can endure the most extreme living conditions.

The water bear (tardigrade, sw. björndjur) is nature's greatest survivor. It is up to 1,5 mm tall and found everywhere in the world. It can endure the most extreme living conditions.

A Miller's grizzled langur pauses while drinking water from a mineral spring, or sepan, in 2011. Feared extinct, the monkey species has been "rediscovered" on the Indonesian island of Borneo, a new study says.

A Miller's grizzled langur pauses while drinking water from a mineral spring, or sepan, in 2011. Feared extinct, the monkey species has been "rediscovered" on the Indonesian island of Borneo, a new study says.

Myrmecium latreillei ant mimic spider The delicate build and sabre-like pedipalps of this Brazilian Myrmecium latreillei spider help it to mimic the painfully-stinging trap-jaw ants of the genus Odontomachus. Morretes, Paraná, Brazil

Myrmecium latreillei ant mimic spider The delicate build and sabre-like pedipalps of this Brazilian Myrmecium latreillei spider help it to mimic the painfully-stinging trap-jaw ants of the genus Odontomachus. Morretes, Paraná, Brazil

The best mimic spiders are good enough to be identified as particular ant species. This jumping spider is a convincing Pseudomyrmex twig ant mimic. Note how the spider fakes a "neck" with a ring of white hairs.   Armenia, Belize

The best mimic spiders are good enough to be identified as particular ant species. This jumping spider is a convincing Pseudomyrmex twig ant mimic. Note how the spider fakes a "neck" with a ring of white hairs. Armenia, Belize

Net-Casting/Ogre-Face Spider Don’t let the enormous, inquisitive eyes fool you. This stick-like spider will spin an elastic, sticky net, suspend the trap between its four front-most legs, and then hurl itself and the net at you, engulfing you in silken misery. Then it’ll liquefy your guts, suck them out, and enjoy it. These spiders, also known as ogre spiders, have two super-large eyes that overwhelm the four smaller ones, creating a slightly unsettling, humanoid appearance.

These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See

Net-Casting/Ogre-Face Spider Don’t let the enormous, inquisitive eyes fool you. This stick-like spider will spin an elastic, sticky net, suspend the trap between its four front-most legs, and then hurl itself and the net at you, engulfing you in silken misery. Then it’ll liquefy your guts, suck them out, and enjoy it. These spiders, also known as ogre spiders, have two super-large eyes that overwhelm the four smaller ones, creating a slightly unsettling, humanoid appearance.

Wasp in the Hood by Zoran Milutinovic on 500px

Wasp in the Hood by Zoran Milutinovic on 500px

An ant-mimicking bug tastes a seed in an Australian rainforest. Note how light patches on the bug's body give the false impression of a narrow ant waist and neck.

An ant-mimicking bug tastes a seed in an Australian rainforest. Note how light patches on the bug's body give the false impression of a narrow ant waist and neck.

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