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Twig Spider @ Macro Marathon

Thanks to Victor for organizing the overnight trip to Pulau Ubin. We boarded the last boat at 8pm and returned to mainland only at 6:30am. In between was nothing but bug hunting and a macro marathon! My favorite shot of the night was a lovely Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) that Melvyn found. It did not stay still for long and it was hell trying to get everything in the same plane of focus. However, the result was well worth it. :)
    Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_1911
  1. There's the Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) when it was found! At rest, it straightens its legs to mimic a twig. But once it moves, it becomes a mess of twigs!

  2. Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_1913
  3. Ventral view of the Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.)

  4. Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_1927
  5. Screwed on the Raynox to get a closer shot of the Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.)

  6. Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_1931
  7. Yep, it refused to stay still!

  8. Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_1945
  9. Record shot of the eyes

  10. Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.) - DSC_1961
  11. With Sagita's help, I managed to adjust the angle with some dried leaves behind to finally get the shot I wanted of the Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.)! A really awesome spider - at first glance, it looked impossible to get much details out of it. After several attempts, it turned out to exhibit a beautiful tone of red.

  12. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1620
  13. James found this Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) resting on the leaves. Looked common but still beautiful. :)

  14. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1641
  15. Had to get a shot of the eyes

  16. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1646
  17. And go even closer...

  18. Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_1652
  19. Found a tree with some juvenile Ornamental Tree Trunk Spiders (Herennia sp.)

  20. Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_1655
  21. When observed up close, these spiders actually have very intricate patterns.

  22. Ant-Like Sac Spider (Corinnomma sp.) - DSC_1661
  23. We also saw a few of these Ant-Like Sac Spiders (Corinnomma sp.) running about.

  24. Ant-Like Sac Spider (Corinnomma sp.) - DSC_1665
  25. With a black body, the exposure will have to be precise to avoid over-exposing the leaf.

  26. Crown Wasp ovipositioning (Stephanidae) - DSC_1666
  27. While we walked deeper off the path, I saw a Crown Wasp ready for ovipositioning (Stephanidae)

  28. Crown Wasp ovipositioning (Stephanidae) - DSC_1671
  29. Its amazing how long the ovipositors are!!

  30. Crown Wasp ovipositing (Stephanidae) - DSC_1676
  31. Extremely challenging to get the hair-thin ovipositor in complete focus.

  32. Darkling Beetle (Platydema sp.) - DSC_1680
  33. Just beside the Crown Wasp was this interesting looking Darkling Beetle (Platydema sp.) with a green metallic body

  34. Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_1682
  35. Melvyn found this cute Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) peeping out from a tiny burrow

  36. Comb-Footed Spider (Janula sp.) - DSC_1690
  37. Also on the same log was this Comb-Footed Spider (Janula sp.) trying to balloon away. Only managed one shot unfortunately.

  38. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1696
  39. Found this "Pilot" Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) that typically spreads its legs to the sides as if they were wings

  40. Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_1698
  41. There were quite a number of Net-Casting Spiders (Deinopis sp.) in the tall grasses

  42. Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_1699
  43. This particular Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) is a male, with visibly enlarged palps

  44. Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_1700
  45. Getting closer to the ogre-face!

  46. Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?) - DSC_1706
  47. Another pleasant find was this Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?). This is the first time I've seen this in Singapore!

  48. Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?) - DSC_1711
  49. This was a juvenile, but still possible to get a nice shot of the face. A curious ant seems to want to have a conversation with the big fella.

  50. Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?) - DSC_1719
  51. Just a few trees down, we saw another of the same Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?), but with 2 missing legs.

  52. Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?) - DSC_1733
  53. Lovely face still!

  54. Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?) - DSC_1739
  55. Record shot of the slightly larger Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda lunula?)

  56. Ant-Like Sac Spider (Aetius sp.) - DSC_2212
  57. Victor found this beautiful red Ant-Like Sac Spider (Aetius sp.)

  58. Ant-Like Sac Spider (Aetius sp.) - DSC_2244
  59. Face shot of the Ant-Like Sac Spider (Aetius sp.)

  60. Ant-Like Sac Spider (Aetius sp.) - DSC_2252
  61. It ran to a lighter bark area

  62. Ant-Like Sac Spider (Aetius sp.) - DSC_2254
  63. Note the multiple tufts of hair at the end of the abdomen.

  64. Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_1744
  65. This particular juvenile Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) was feasting on what looked like an Argiope. Thanks to James for pointing it out!

  66. Huntsman Spider (Pandercetes sp.) - DSC_1757
  67. One of the nicer finds of the night - Lichen Huntsman Spider (Pandercetes sp.). The lateral eyes seem to reflect a different colour spectrum when compared to the median eyes.

  68. Huntsman Spider (Pandercetes sp.) - DSC_1781
  69. The unique character of this Lichen Huntsman Spider (Pandercetes sp.) would be the tufts of hair on the legs. Not too clearly seen in this photo due to the camouflage though!

  70. Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_1772
  71. Found a more mature Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) on the same tree below the lichen huntsman spider.

  72. Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_1774
  73. Lovely patterns!

  74. Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider (Herennia sp.) - DSC_1784
  75. Record dorsal shot

  76. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1790
  77. A common Huntsman Spider (Thelcticopis sp.), but I'm taking record shots of all spiders anyway :)

  78. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1793
  79. A very docile Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae), it remained in this position for quite a long time as everyone took turns to get shots of it.

  80. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1800
  81. Tucked comfortably on a leaf crevice

  82. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1805
  83. Customary face shot. :)

  84. Ant-Mimic Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp.) - DSC_1816
  85. The rest found a very pretty Ant-Mimic Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp.?)

  86. Ant-Mimic Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp.) - DSC_1821
  87. Dorsal view, really very ant-like!

  88. Ant-Mimic Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp.) - DSC_1843
  89. The typical cute eyes of any jumping spider!

  90. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1847
  91. Another common Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda sp.)

  92. Moulting Katydid (Tettigoniidae) - DSC_1848
  93. Common cricket but happened to see it moulting when I walked by!

  94. Big-Headed Termites - DSC_1851
  95. Spotted an army of big-headed termites on the ground

  96. Big-Headed Termite - DSC_1852
  97. Big-Headed Termite not looking too happy

  98. Mating Beetles - DSC_1864
  99. An amorous couple

  100. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_1868
  101. Yet another Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae). Lots of Sparassids around!

  102. Atlas Moth larva (Attacus atlas) - DSC_1869
  103. Found a relatively small Atlas Moth larva (Attacus atlas)

  104. Hemipteran... - DSC_1875
  105. Not sure what this is.. Hemipteran but what?

  106. Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_1879
  107. James and Melvyn spent a lot of time shooting this Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae)

  108. Ants transporting a slug - DSC_1889
  109. Found a team of ants transporting a slug along a tree trunk

  110. Ants transporting a slug - DSC_1890
  111. Interestingly, some left the team, and sometimes others joined. Never knew what they were thinking of.

  112. Bug caught a huge termite - DSC_1905
  113. Melvyn showed me this bug (Assassinbug?) that caught a huge termite

  114. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_1963
  115. One of the loveliest Lynx Spiders (Oxyopidae) I have ever seen!

  116. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_1965
  117. It seemed to contrast very nicely with a black background

  118. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_1968
  119. Occasionally, it raised its legs as a sign of threat

  120. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_1972
  121. Could never leave out the face shot. :)

  122. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_1994
  123. Close look at the face of the Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae)

  124. Sweat Bees sleeping (Halictidae) - DSC_2002
  125. While fatigue was setting in, the rest found an entire bunch of equally fatigued Sweat Bees sleeping (Halictidae)

  126. Sweat Bees sleeping (Halictidae) - DSC_2004
  127. I went close to the tip of the branch to see them up close

  128. Sweat Bees sleeping (Halictidae) - DSC_2007
  129. It was really a HUGE gathering

  130. Sweat Bees sleeping (Halictidae) - DSC_2011
  131. They didn't seem to mind the crowd

  132. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_2018
  133. I walking around aimlessly in the night.. and found a Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) on my arm

  134. Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda sp.) - DSC_2025
  135. Almost stepped on this Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda sp.) which was visited by a curious ant

  136. Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda sp.) - DSC_2035
  137. Record dorsal shot

  138. Unknown bird - DSC_2036
  139. Surprisingly, a Common Taylorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) (Thanks Ivan for the ID) was found hiding under a leaf. Just took a record shot in case it got overly spooked by our presence.

  140. Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_2040
  141. A very small Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae)

  142. Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_2046
  143. So small that I couldn't really see the eyes

  144. Tiger Moths mating (Arctiidae) - DSC_2051
  145. Tiger Moths (Arctiidae) making out in the dark

  146. Tiger Moths mating (Arctiidae) - DSC_2053
  147. View of the action from below

  148. Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_2059
  149. A slow moving Weevil (Curculionidae), which we jokingly called the peanut weevil for the lumpy appearance. We later called it the "David Weevil" because David spent a long time shooting it and even got a preflight shot of it.

  150. Mango Longhorn Beetle? (Bartocera rubus) - DSC_2063
  151. A large Mango Longhorn Beetle? (Bartocera rubus)

  152. Mango Longhorn Beetle? (Bartocera rubus) - DSC_2080
  153. Can't get enough of the face shot

  154. Close up of Mango Longhorn Beetle? (Bartocera rubus) - DSC_2093b
  155. Close up of the compound eyes

  156. Mango Longhorn Beetle? (Bartocera rubus) - DSC_2096
  157. Dorsal view, very important for beetles

  158. Mango Longhorn Beetle? (Bartocera rubus) - DSC_2100
  159. Lateral view for my personal documentation

  160. Garden Spider (Eriovixia sp.) - DSC_2104
  161. Victor pointed out this Garden Spider (Eriovixia sp.) but left me to shoot it

  162. Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_2110
  163. Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) hiding in her retreat

  164. Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_2131
  165. It came out for a little while to say hi (obviously not!)

  166. Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_2137
  167. As we returned to the shelter, the rest were shooting this Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) with the net

  168. Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_2138
  169. Interestingly, the net always seemed to appear blue in our photos.

  170. Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_2143
  171. It was almost 6am.. and the Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) started to close shop and devour its net

  172. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_2150
  173. We roamed around the shelter, and found this purplish Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae). Apparently did not turn out too purple in the pictures!

  174. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_2158
  175. Quite a fierce face too! It jumped onto our hands several times.

  176. Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_2167
  177. Closer look at the body

  178. Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) - DSC_2180
  179. Since the Net-Casting Spider (Deinopis sp.) had kept its net, I could adjust the leaf to get a nice shot of the ogre-face!

  180. Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2183
  181. In our last burst of hunting, we found a Robberfly (Asilidae). Somehow, it has been almost a year since I've shot this.

  182. Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2185
  183. Customary shot of the eyes!

  184. Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_2185b
  185. Tried to count the compound eyes but I gave up

  186. Comb-Footed Spider (Argyrodes sp.) - DSC_2271
  187. A male Comb-Footed Spider (Argyrodes sp.). This is a kleptoparasitic spider, or a food-stealer. It is commonly found on the webs of other spiders to steal their prey.

  188. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_2283
  189. Cute little Crab Spider (Thomisidae). Poor fella lost 4 front legs. :(

  190. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_2289
  191. As usual, a grumpy face!

It was a ridiculously long night, and many ended up sleeping at the shelter by 4am. Some of us couldn't stop and kept shooting, so that we could go home with more good shots to show you. :) We only stopped when the rain came at 6am, and we phoned for the transport to pick us back to the ferry.

The complete album can be viewed here.

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