Another Ladybird Mimic?

27 July 2012
Last year, I blogged about the Beauty of Ladybird Mimicry, listing several examples of bugs which mimic ladybirds. These bugs do so in hope of being associated to the ladybird, as the latter is usually unpalatable.

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).

Common Awl larva (Hasora badra badra) - DSC_2201#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.

Common Awl larva (Hasora badra badra) - DSC_2199 #2 With a slight change of angle, we reveal the caterpillar!

Common Awl larva (Hasora badra badra) - DSC_2200#3 Side view of the ladybird mimic

Larva of Orange Awlet (Burara harisa consobrina) - DSC_1380#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.

Larva of Orange Awlet (Burara harisa consobrina) - DSC_1372#5 Side view of the Orange Awlet larva

Crab - DSC_2222#6 Fresh Water Crab found in a stream (Irmengardia johnsoni)

White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca) - DSC_2220#7 Almost bumped into this White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca)!!

White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca) - DSC_2219#8 A look at the coiled body

White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca) - DSC_2218#9 The eyes look cloudy, possible sign that it is going to shed it’s skin soon!

White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca) - DSC_2209#10 Lazing around

White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca) - DSC_2207#11 Heya! Probably puzzled by the flashes

White bellied rat snake (Ptyas fusca) - DSC_2204#12 Decided to stop entertaining us and started to hide it’s head

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_2197#13 Lots of Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) on the forest floor

Mangrove Longhorn Beetles (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_2195#14 A pair of Mangrove Longhorn Beetles almost mating!

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_2184#15 Another Huntsman Spider. Because of the hairy and orange outlook, most of us nicknamed it the Orange-Utan. lol

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_2183#16 Another view of the Sparassid

Harvestman (Opiliones) - DSC_2178#17 Interesting looking Harvestman (Opiliones)

Winged Ant - DSC_2174#18 A winged ant, possibly holding on to some egg?

DSC_2172#19 I was preparing for a book on Spiders in this region, so went about shooting every spider I saw! ID to be determined.

Caterpillar - DSC_2168#20 James found this beautiful caterpillar on the road, probably dropped from a tree

Caterpillar - DSC_2158#21 Awesome colours! With an ant marching on top of it… lol. Guess the ant did not choose the fastest ride eh..

Caterpillar - DSC_2151#22 Final shot of the caterpillar~

The full album can be viewed here.



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