A Beautiful Piece of Shit
The Bird Dropping Spider was spotted early in the morning at 6:30am when it was still pitch dark. It was my first time witnessing a Bird-Dropping Spider in such an active state, busy dismantling it’s web as the sun began to rise, after a busy night’s work. It then returned to the surface of a leaf, resuming what it does best – looking like crap. lol
#1 Some called it a peanut. It really was supposed to look like some bird dropping, no? It had just returned from dismantling it’s web, and still moving around actively. This is a view from behind.
#2 A view from the top. By now, it had already settled down on a freshly grown leaf and getting busy with some breakfast.
#3 Going lower to have a closer look at it’s hungry face
#4 It was spinning it’s food round and round, taking little nibbles each time.
#5 Finally done with breakfast and baring it’s mandibles at me! Indeed, this is the prettiest looking shit-look-alike spider I’ve seen.
Next, was a tiny Jumping Spider (Salticidae) with a neat brown furry body and the usual cute curious eyes.
#6 Looks up to the sky in the morning sun
#7 Staring into my camera, trying to figure out some things in life (to no avail)
#8 Pretty active fellow, kept running up and down the leaf
#9 And looking up into the sky again. Jumping spiders really do look around a lot, observing it’s surroundings.
#10 An extremely skittish spider, which we call the Monkey-Face Spider (not the actual name). Took just a few shots before it jumped away. What’s the exact ID anyway?
Next shots show a really bizarre scenario where 2 different species of millipedes found each other and attempted to make out. I had always wondered how insects and bugs managed to mate with the exact same species. Today I found that they could be wrong at times. Don’t ask me what their children would look like….!
#11 The male Yellow Spotted Millipede (Harpaphe haydeniana) starts to mount the much larger red millipede (ID?). Love is blind. lol
#12 Success!! The female doesn’t seem too happy and didn’t stop like the other female millipedes when a male mounts on top of them.
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