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The Scorpion Tailed Spider and other bugs named after scorpions

Many spiders and bugs are named according to their appearances, while some according to their behavioral traits. The Scorpion-Tailed Spider (Arachnura genus) obtained it's name from it's long appendage that resembles a scorpion's tail. This "tail" looks like parts of a dead leaf and contains no sting, unlike a real scorpion. The tail only exists in females, while the males are tailless and as in many other spiders, could be 10 times smaller than the female.

Scorpion-tailed Orb Weaver (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_4566 #1 When it was first found, the scorpion-tailed spider was dangling in the middle of it's web. To complete it's disguise, some real leaf litter was used to decorate the web.

Scorpion-tailed Orb Weaver (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_4569 #2 It fidgeted around as some prey got caught on the web

Scorpion-tailed Orb Weaver (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_4610 #3 A closer look - it had 3 dew drops hanging from it's body!

Scorpion-tailed Orb Weaver (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_4605 #4 I fumbled when removing my tripod and the spider got spooked into this position. Quickly took a last shot!

Scorpion (Scorpiones) - DSC_4669 #5 Here's a real scorpion hanging from above me, with the tail in an upright position.

Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_4688 #6 Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi). Yet another subject which had adopted the scorpion name for it's claw-like appendages

Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_4690 #7 Closer look at it's face

Whip Scorpion (Thelyphonida) - DSC_2266
Pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpionida) - DSC_5556 #9 Pseudoscorpion (Pseudoscorpionida) are really tiny critters often found clinging onto larger insects

Water Scorpion (Nepidae) - DSC_8892 #10 Water Scorpion (Nepidae) with a scorpion-like pose while underwater. Looks completely different when above water!

Some other random shots from the same area:

DSC_4521 #11 Doing what they were born to do

Praying Mantis (Mantodea) - DSC_4530 #12 Praying mantis with what looks like the remaining bits of a winged-insect

Praying Mantis (Mantodea) - DSC_4535 #13 Closer look at the supper

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_4619 #14 A Brown Huntsman (Heteropoda venatoria sp.) carrying her egg sac.

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_4635 #15 Looks like a hole has opened up in the egg sac!

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_4645 #16 Spiderlings spotted!

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_4657 #17 The spiderlings look pretty impressive

Ground Spider (Zodariidae) - DSC_4672 #18 Ant mimicking spider (Mallinella), albeit not very good at doing it. lol.

Hawkmoth larva - DSC_5014 #19 Mwahhahahaha... evil laugh with plan to take over the world. Hawkmoth larva, not sure which hawkmoth though.

Hawkmoth larva - DSC_5038 #20 Full view of Dr Evil, almost 2 inches long

Unknown nest or pupa? - DSC_5047 #21 This was found just beside the hawkmoth larva. At first I thought that it belonged to a hawkmoth as well, but found that hawkmoths pupate underground and not like other moths or butterflies which pupate on branches or leaves.

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