Another Ladybird Mimic?
Melvyn shouted in delight when he saw this… but it was to his disappointment that he did not sight the Paraplectana sp. but the larva of a Common Awl (Hasora badra badra).
#1 Larva of Common Awl (Hasora badra badra). From this angle, it could fool most of us into thinking that we have spotted a ladybird.
#2 With a slight change of angle, we reveal the caterpillar!
#3 Side view of the ladybird mimic
#4 A very similar caterpillar – the Orange Awlet larva (Burara harisa consobrina). It could also be mimicking the orange ladybird, but is not as good a mimic as the spots are much too sparse.
#5 Side view of the Orange Awlet larva
#6 Fresh Water Crab found in a stream (Irmengardia johnsoni)
#7 Almost bumped into this White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca)!!
#8 A look at the coiled body
#9 The eyes look cloudy, possible sign that it is going to shed it’s skin soon!
#10 Lazing around
#11 Heya! Probably puzzled by the flashes
#12 Decided to stop entertaining us and started to hide it’s head
#13 Lots of Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) on the forest floor
#14 A pair of Mangrove Longhorn Beetles almost mating!
#15 Another Huntsman Spider. Because of the hairy and orange outlook, most of us nicknamed it the Orange-Utan. lol
#16 Another view of the Sparassid
#17 Interesting looking Harvestman (Opiliones)
#18 A winged ant, possibly holding on to some egg?
#19 I was preparing for a book on Spiders in this region, so went about shooting every spider I saw! ID to be determined.
#20 James found this beautiful caterpillar on the road, probably dropped from a tree
#21 Awesome colours! With an ant marching on top of it… lol. Guess the ant did not choose the fastest ride eh..
#22 Final shot of the caterpillar~
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