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The Busy, Busy Dragonflies

It has been an incredibly long time since we did our last day shoot, and decided on doing one this weekend to practise for our coming trip to Sarawak. It was a wet day at Venus Drive, with the usual crowd walking past us with curious looks, while on the way towards the tree-top walk. With the little bits of "ponding" here and there, we were able to spot more pond skaters and some dragonflies laying eggs (I think).

We spotted some dragonflies busily flicking droplets from the surface of puddles, and were repeatedly doing it at a rapid pace. We were not sure what those dragonflies were doing, and took some shots anyway. On further checks, we found that these dragonflies could be laying eggs and flicking the eggs away from the water to avoid getting eaten by other organisms in the water.

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) - DSC_7668 #1 This was the best shot I could get with the dragonfly in focus and with the initial spurt of water being flicked.

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) - DSC_7738 #2 Another dragonfly doing the same action

Water Striders (Gerridae) - DSC_7750 #3 A pair of mating pond-skaters (or water striders)

Common Garden Spider (Parawixia dehaani) - DSC_7570 #4 A Common Garden Spider (Parawixia dehaani)

Common Garden Spider (Parawixia dehaani) - DSC_7573 #5 Another view, using fill flash

Ant (Formicidae) - DSC_7578 #6 It was still early, so many ants were still at rest

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7586 #7 A very tiny longhorn beetle. The horns are tucked neatly behind.

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7594 #8 Side view to show the tucked horns

Caterpillar - DSC_7612 #9 Unidentified caterpillar with an interesting head pattern

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7645 #10 David found this Wide-Jawed Viciria with her eggs almost hatching. I took ALOT of shots of this new mama!

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7679 #11 She kept moving around her eggs, but never left them alone

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7683 #12 At times, she would look down to inspect her little ones

Wide-Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7685 #13 With easily over 50 eggs, she could just as easily lose count!

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7693 #14 When her eyes show a hue of bright orange, she wasn't looking at the camera, but more likely at her eggs.

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7702 #15 Look left look right look left look right

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7704 #16 When she finally looked at me, we see a dark shade of black which is actually the retina. For more information on the eye arrangement of Jumping Spiders, check my earlier post: Marvelling at the Eyes of a Jumping Spider

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7715 #17 Occasionally wiping her face with her palps

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7717 #18 The 2 Anterior Median Eyes can be looking in different directions, which explains the different colours we see here

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7719 #19 Is it going to rain?

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7721 #20 Looking back at the little ones

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7725 #21 Doing her counting again.. 1...2...3..4...5..

Wide Jawed Viciria (Viciria praemandibularis) - DSC_7732 #22 Oh this one looks out of place! Let me rearrange it...

Robberfly infected by cordyceps (Asilidae) - DSC_7764 #23 Found this dead robberfly with fungus growing out

Robberfly infected by cordyceps (Asilidae) - DSC_7781 #24 Side view, shows the deflated eyes

Copper-cheeked Frog (Hydrophylax raniceps) - DSC_7773 #25 One of the many copper-cheeked frogs that were spotted. Many come out during the rainy weather.

DSC_7801 #26 A very brightly coloured red beetle

DSC_7803 #27 When perched at the tips of branches of leaves, beetles and weevils do tend to fly off. Be careful of that!

DSC_7808 #28 It flew, but landed on another leaf nearby

DSC_7812 #29 Close up. Very reflective and difficult to light up evenly

DSC_7816 #30 Last shot before it disappeared with it's last flight

Praying Mantis (Mantodea) - DSC_7845 #31 A tiny praying mantis on a tree trunk, shot in natural light

Praying Mantis (Mantodea) - DSC_7847 #32 Another shot. Just taking more shots to ensure I get a keeper!

Fulgorid Planthopper (Fulgoridae?) - DSC_7860 #33 Melvyn found this very weird Planthopper (Fulgoridae), related to lantern bugs?

Fulgorid Planthopper (Fulgoridae?) - DSC_7872 #34 View of the top

Fulgorid Planthopper (Fulgoridae?) - DSC_7893 #35 Parallel side view shows the extended snout

Fulgorid Planthopper (Fulgoridae?) - DSC_7878 #36 Final show before we said bye bye to it

The complete album can be viewed here.

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