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Nikoi Island's Micro World Day 3

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Final day at Nikoi Island! We finally got our butts up the hill and venture across the island in the morning before checking out. The forest paths were lined with spider webs, which seemed like good spots for spider hunting!

Behind the scenes photos courtesy of James and my Galaxy S4. :)

    Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_7128
  1. I promised Andrew some shots of the Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.). Yogi likes to put them on his face to entertain the kids. Maybe that's why I hear occasional screams coming from the Kids Club?

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  3. That's me trying to get a nice shot of the Golden Orb Weavers

  4. Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_7139
  5. Didn't manage to get much nice shots as the Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) tends to make micro-movements, making it almost impossible to shoot long exposures.

  6. Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_7149
  7. The Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) is harmless to humans

  8. Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_7162
  9. The male Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.), over 20 times smaller than the females above.

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  11. A hilarious shot of James taking pictures of the Golden Orb Weaver Spider, wrapping him with my flashes.

  12. Some kind of sticky fruit - DSC_7158
  13. Lots of these unidentified sticky fruits on the sandy path

  14. Some kind of sticky fruit - DSC_7161
  15. Looking up close could tell us why it was so sticky!

  16. Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_7169
  17. Found this Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) again in front of the cabin

  18. Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_7171
  19. The wings seemed out of position, but it was definitely flying fast!!

  20. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7178
  21. Oh.. what's this? A tiny blob of dung? Yep that's part of my finger at the side

  22. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7182
  23. Turns out to be a male Orb Web Spider (Araneidae). These males tend to be really small!

  24. Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7185
  25. There were many Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) on the path up the hill

  26. Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7192
  27. Did I mention that there were many Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae)???

  28. Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7193
  29. The Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) came in many shapes, and this mother is actually busy guarding her soon-to-be-hatched young. If you stare hard enough, you can probably see the legs of the spiderlings in the egg sac.

  30. Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7194
  31. Another view of the mother Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae)

  32. Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7201
  33. Side view of the mother Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae)

  34. Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae) - DSC_7204
  35. James found this huge Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae)

  36. Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae) - DSC_7207
  37. Full view of the Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae)

  38. Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae) - DSC_7212
  39. A lovely specimen of the Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae) makes a good photo for a book that I'm working on.

  40. Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae) - DSC_7213
  41. Slightly angled view of the Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae)

  42. Two-Tailed Spider (Hersiliidae) - DSC_7217
  43. The reason why it is called the Two-Tailed Spider: extraordinarily long spinnerets lined with spigots.

  44. Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7222
  45. The reason for many Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) along the path.. mating pairs!

  46. Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7225
  47. Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae), male on the left, female on the right. The male is trying to insert it's palps into the female's epigyne.

  48. Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7238
  49. Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) mating. The male has successfully inserted the palp! (see the black thingy at the bottom of the female)

  50. Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7239
  51. Closer view of the p̶o̶r̶n̶ educational posture

  52. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7242
  53. This Orb Web Spider (Araneus sp.) was also very common, and also the culprit for the many lines of silk criss-crossing the jungle path.

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  55. I had to wave a magic wand for every step that I took to remove the silk from getting stuck onto my face

  56. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7254
  57. We also found several variants of this Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.)

  58. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7268
  59. Really many variants!

  60. Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnathidae) - DSC_7277
  61. For records purposes, I took photos of most of the Big-Jawed Spiders (Tetragnathidae) that I saw

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  63. View down a "valley" from the hill

  64. Remnants of a wasp - DSC_7278
  65. Remnants of a wasp that I found on the ground

  66. Remnant of a wasp - DSC_7318
  67. I knew it was a wasp... because I found the head more than 20 meters away! Wonder what it was attacked by...?

  68. Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_7279
  69. Male Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae) with bright red and yellow abdomen

  70. Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_7281
  71. Huge palps.. all ready to mate!

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  73. James tried a fish-eye view of the forest and caught me staring at the canopy

  74. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7308
  75. Cute little Crab Spider (Thomisidae) found on the foliage

  76. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7314
  77. Somehow this Crab Spider (Thomisidae) reminded me of Micheangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles....

  78. Cricket (Gryllidae) - DSC_7325
  79. I skipped many of these Crickets (Gryllidae), but James told me that the under-developed wings looked quite pretty. True enough!

  80. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_7455
  81. A beautiful Jumping Spider (Salticidae)

  82. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_7459
  83. Looking left...

  84. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_7462
  85. Looking right...

  86. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_7463
  87. Just not looking at me!

  88. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_7487
  89. Took some time for the Jumping Spider (Salticidae) to look at me!

  90. Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_7520
  91. More Daddy-Long-Legs Spiders! (Pholcidae)

  92. Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_7525
  93. Beautiful patterns on the abdomen of the Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae)

  94. Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae) - DSC_7537
  95. The palps of the Daddy-Long-Legs Spider (Pholcidae) were so huge that it was almost covering the face!

  96. Tube Dwelling Spider (Segestriidae) - DSC_7619
  97. One of the more interesting finds of the morning, a Tube Dwelling Spider (Segestriidae)

  98. Tube Dwelling Spider (Segestriidae) - DSC_7637
  99. View of the eyes of the Tube Dwelling Spider (Segestriidae)

  100. Tube Dwelling Spider (Segestriidae) - DSC_7647
  101. Dorsal view for the record

  102. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7329
  103. Male Orb Web Spider (Araneidae)

  104. Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_7338
  105. Close up on a Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) with some tiny flies sucking on it's carapace!

  106. Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_7339
  107. Wider view of the Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.)

  108. Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Thelacantha sp.) - DSC_7349
  109. A cute Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Thelacantha sp.)

  110. Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Thelacantha sp.) - DSC_7351
  111. View of the black face of the Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Thelacantha sp.)

  112. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7360
  113. An interesting looking Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.). Look closely and you will see the pink streaks on the abdomen.

  114. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7362
  115. Gotta take more shots of the pink streaks

  116. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7370
  117. View of the face

  118. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7389
  119. This Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) was more of... red!

  120. Orb Web Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_7403
  121. An obvious male Orb Web Spider (Neoscona sp.) because of the enlarged palps

  122. Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.) - DSC_7407
  123. Side view of a Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.)

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  125. Lunch time!

  126. Paper Wasp (Polistes sagittarius) - DSC_7415
  127. We were having our lunch when an injured paper wasp was struggling beside us.

  128. Paper Wasp (Polistes sagittarius) - DSC_7417
  129. The wings on the Paper Wasp (Polistes sagittarius) seemed damaged

  130. Paper Wasp (Polistes sagittarius) - DSC_7420
  131. The Paper Wasp(Polistes sagittarius) tried many times to fly off to no avail, so we brought it safely to the side

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  133. Went back to pack our luggage before checking out, and goofed around with the luggage transporter. It refused to move as it was on loose sand, making me look like an idiot.

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  135. James saying good bye to our cabin.

  136. Monitor Lizard - DSC_7423
  137. While checking out, this baby Monitor Lizard came visiting us

  138. Monitor Lizard - DSC_7425
  139. Enjoying the sun

  140. Monitor Lizard - DSC_7428
  141. Decided to stick it's tongue at me

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  143. Final shot of the bar at our check out!

It had been a tiring but interesting 3 days at Nikoi Island. We did not see an astonishing number of different species of bugs due to the short stay, but it would certainly be worth revisiting - especially the hill trail at night! The mangroves were also excellent locations for sunrise shooters, with many potential foreground subjects that even a non-landscape/sunrise shooter could get some decent shots of. Lastly, being a very private island, there were no city lights for miles and the entire island makes for a great place to shoot the stars and milky way!

The complete album for Day 3 can be viewed here.

Nikoi Island [ Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 ]


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