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A few days ago I stumbled onto this scene. A tiny spider was running rapid circles around this carpenter ant worker. The ant was struggling. (This would have been better as a video, but I had to make do.) The spider was spinning around with its abdomen towards the ant.

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Another bigger ant stopped by to rescue the minor ant, but the spider ran and hid a few inches away and the bigger ant eventually wandered away.

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As soon as the other ant was gone, the spider came back to claim its prize.

It's a dangerous world out there for ants.

Have you ever seen a spider catch an ant?