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The Macro Shoot That Turned into Something Else...

Made a quick night shoot with James and Uncle Lew to Mandai Track 15, as I struggled to carry my gear around in the day without a car. (sorry to the people who were at the other end of my tripod at Raffles Place MRT) The trip started with a hunt for the Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi). Refer to What's called a Spider and a Scorpion, but is actually neither? for more details on this creature. While looking for tiny critters, we ended up taking pictures of a snake and bird instead. lol

Ant-like Sac Spider (Medmassa insignis) - DSC_9414 #1 Not Particularly Good Ant Mimic Spider (Corinnidae). James mentioned it to me, but why such a verbose name??!

Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_9425 #2 Lynx Spider with supper, looks like a cricket?

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9437 #3 James spotted this fat snake... what is it!?! Couldn't see the head, so we went round the tree to try to find the snake's head.

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9433 #4 Found the head!! But why is the tongue perpetually sticking out?

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9445 #5 Turned out that it had just devoured a lizard! Found this view, it should be a Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila ). Not sure why it doesn't swallow up the tail as well, maybe it was too large?

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9458 #6 Wagged a branch near to it and it started flapping its tongue. lol. Looks like its smoking a cigar from this angle.

Hasselt's Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha hasselti) - DSC_9465 #7 Hasselts Spiny Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha hasselti) but without the spiny back in the pic. Evidence of laziness as I already had the Raynox DCR250 on my lens. :P

Rufous-Tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) - DSC_9470 #8 Rufous-tailed tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) Kindly identified by Ivan and Steven. Found this little fella resting under a leaf at knee-level.

Flower Chafer Beetle (Cetoniidae) - DSC_9480 #9 Bug with very intricate patterns on its back. Bad habit, missed a proper shot of the body again.

Dark Sided Chorus Frog (Microhyla heymonsi) - DSC_9500 #10 Look deep into my eyes!!! Dark sided chorus frog (Microhyla heymonsi) spotted by James. I had the Raynox on, so just took a view of its eyes.

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_9501 #11 A bright red assassin bug (Reduviidae) hiding in a crevice

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_9504 #12 Closer look at the proboscis used to pierce its prey

Moth - DSC_9508 #13 Moth. No ID for this fella, but it has rather nice patterns on its wings.

The complete album can be viewed here.

James blogged about this trip here

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