A pirate

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I was not sure whether I should post this picture or not: after all, it's just another spider... But there are two interesting things about it, so I finally decided to post it. You can always ignore it.

This is a small spider genus Mimetus.

1. Look at the hairy legs! Those are sensors. You most likely won't see them even if you see the spider yourself, since the whole animal (including legs) is smaller than a bee.

2. Mimetus' common name is pirate spider, because it attacks (and, if it succeeds, eats) other spiders in their webs. This one is caught in the act: it's sitting at the edge of the web of a silver spider waiting for an opportunity to strike.

I know that a picture of a lion stalking an antelope would be more dramatic, but one has to content himself with what he's got... Neither lions, nor antelopes live in the Bay Area.

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Darius

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