Subject: Odd looking ant
Geographic location of the bug: London, Ontario Canada
Time: 05:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I saw this ant at my workplace today. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen one like it before. Its mandibles were pretty impressive. What is it?
How you want your letter signed: Mike Woodford
Count the legs on your “Ant” and you will see that unlike other ants (and insects) which have six legs, your individual has eight legs. This is actually an Ant Mimic Jumping Spider, Myrmarachne formicaria, a European species first reported in Northeast Ohio in 2001, but now spreading to other areas. Your individual is a male, and according to BugGuide: “It is the only ant-like North American jumping spider in which the male chelicerae project forward more than 50% of the carapace length.”