A Beautiful Piece of Shit

15 January 2011
Please pardon the crude title, but today’s main subject is as aptly described. There are several variants of the Bird-Dropping Spider (Pasilobus sp) and I used to think that each would get uglier and shittier than the next — until I saw this variant with a vibrant gold abdomen and a reddish-brown head.

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

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_1956#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.

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_1817#2 A view from the top. By now, it had already settled down on a freshly grown leaf and getting busy with some breakfast.

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_1824#3 Going lower to have a closer look at it’s hungry face

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_1836#4 It was spinning it’s food round and round, taking little nibbles each time.

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_1877#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.

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_1891#6 Looks up to the sky in the morning sun

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_1908#7 Staring into my camera, trying to figure out some things in life (to no avail)

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_1911#8 Pretty active fellow, kept running up and down the leaf

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_1912#9 And looking up into the sky again. Jumping spiders really do look around a lot, observing it’s surroundings.

Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_1930#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….!

Millipedes wrong mating pair! (Diplopoda) - DSC_1936#11 The male Yellow Spotted Millipede (Harpaphe haydeniana) starts to mount the much larger red millipede (ID?). Love is blind. lol

Millipedes wrong mating pair! (Diplopoda) - DSC_1933#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.

The complete album can be viewed here.
  1. Reply

    James K

    18 January 2011

    The salticid is just too cute man, I always love it when they look up at the sky. Interesting millipede behavior, not even in the same order I think. Maybe you can add it to the millipede group for their records?

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    Nicky Bay

    21 January 2011

    Thanks James~ all the big-eyed spiders are probably as cute, except for the ogre face net-casting spider.. haha. Heard that it's spotted in Venus Drive, gotta look for it!

    Will check out the millipede group. The 2 of them were probably just messing around, the female was struggling to get rid of the male. ūüėõ Still a funny sight though!



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