I’m a big fan of Alex Wild’s insect website
; it combines lots of good natural history with wonderful photographs. The site deals mostly with ants, but Alex photographs all kinds of bugs (I use “bugs” in the generic sense, not denoting just Hemiptera). Myrmecos
Alex recently visited Australia and took more than 3,000 pictures. He’s presented some of them on his
, and I post a couple here with his permission (and his captions from Scientific American photo website, Compound Eye Myrmecos):
Winner of the Silly Antenna award: the Arthropterus ant-nest beetle (Victoria).
Hygropoda dolomedes showing the fang-bearing chelicerae that define the Chelicerata, a taxonomic group including arachnids and horseshoe crabs. Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
The worst enemies of ants are often other ants. Here, a Rhytidoponera victoriae scout (at left) has discovered an Amblyopone ferruginea worker and attempts to wrestle it back to her nest. If successful, she will kill the Amblyopone and feed her to the larvae. Amblyopone is too specialized as an underground predator to be good at general fighting, so is at a disadvantage here. Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia
And have a gander at this marvelous case of mimicry (the spider, colored similarly to the ant, is on the left).
Amyciaea albomaculata is a stealthy crab spider that preys on weaver ants by charming the social insects into thinking she is one of them (Cape Tribulation, Queensland).