It is common to observe spiders on my balcony. Among them, Phintella versicolor of the Salticidae (Jumping spider) family is the most common. Jumping spiders do not net their prey, on the contrary, they have good eyesight, and when they see the prey from a distance, they will jump up and attack the target. When jumping, it will pull a thin wire behind it, which is used as a safety rope (
my 172th report).
Jumping spiders still form nets, but they are used to build houses. They pull two adjacent green leaves together and use silk to woven their small tents between the leaves. Sometimes they fight for the nest (
my 183th report).
Or sometimes fight for girls (
my 166th report).
Anyway, I found a nest of an antmimicking spider (Myrmarachne formosicola) a few days ago. Most of the time, this mother spider guarded her nest, and I think there may be her children in it.話說幾天前我發現一個擬台灣蟻蛛的巢。大部分時候，這隻母蜘蛛看守著她的巢，我想裡面可能有她的小孩。
Sometimes she would go out, probably because she was hungry, to search for food (But I did not see anything). 有時候她會外出，大概是肚子餓，去覓食(但我沒看到)。
Oh, don't you think you have gone too far? 哎呀，妳(箭頭處)會不會跑太遠了？
On the ninth day since I found her, her nest was invaded by small ants. Oh, sorry I was wrong, they were little antmimicking spiders that just hatched out of the nest. 從我發現她開始數的第九天，她的巢被小螞蟻侵占了。噢，抱歉我錯了，是小蟻蛛從巢裡剛孵出來了。
Mother spider seemed very happy, she has accomplished a great mission. Before leaving, she stared at my camera with big black eyes that looked like sunglasses. It looks as if she was saying goodbye to me. 蜘蛛媽媽似乎很開心，她完成了偉大的任務。她在離開前又用帶著墨鏡的大黑眼睛瞪著我的鏡頭，就像是在向我說再見。
Mother spider left. A male jumping spider (Phintella versicolor) went to inspect the nest that afternoon. 蜘蛛媽媽離開了。那天下午一隻公的眼鏡黑條蠅虎去巡視那個巢。
Perhaps a few of newly hatched little antmimicking spiders (arrow) that run away too slowly were destined to be the dinner of the jumping spider! 或許有幾隻跑得慢的新孵出小蟻蛛(箭頭)，注定要成為眼鏡黑條蠅虎的晚餐吧！
In the sun, there was a nest left on my balcony. There were also a few silk threads left by a mother antmimicking spider after her jumpings between leaves. 陽光下，我的陽台留下一個巢，還有幾條母蟻蛛在葉子之間跳躍後留下的絲線。
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Read more / 延伸閱讀：
The balcony observer's report- Lean lynx spider (Oxyopes macilentus) guarding egg sac 細紋貓蛛 會護子
The balcony observer's 197th report- Spider protecting eggs 綠鱗長腳蛛 護卵 (Tetragnatha squamata)