● Anza-Borrego Desert S.P., near Pegleg Smith monument, [San Diego Co], CA USA [el. 209 m / 687 ft] map location not yet available »
● 4/09/11 3:47PM clear, breezy, air temp: 22°C / 71°F
[IMAGE 3 of 3 - see previous two images] The spider alights on the ant's head, and can be clearly seen here [for a closer look, hover your mouse cursor over image and choose 'x2 large' from the view Size menu]. Just seconds after this image was captured, the ant broke free and started running around frantically - with the spider still attached. After several seconds, the spider dropped off and instantly disappeared among the large rocks. The stricken ant entered the nest entrance briefly and alerted her nestmates to danger. Several workers emerged and ran around the immediate area surrounding the nest for about 10 minutes, then things went back to normal. Note: the spider appears to be a male, judging by what appear to be enlarged pediplaps.
harvester antpogoPogonomyrmex anzensis