Fear of Ants

Gelis agilis
Photo: Rui Andrade

Many ants are well protected from predators by toxic chemicals and alarm pheromones. Wolf spiders are visual predators that attack a variety of insects, but avoid ants. Other insects can also avoid attacks by spiders if they look and smell like ants.

Gelis agilis is a wingless, ichneumon wasp that is vulnerable to attack by predators such as spiders. Gelis agilis mimics the black garden ant Lasius niger, a species that is common in its habitat. It also produces…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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