Celebrating an Early Christmas at Dairy Farm!
During this trip, the entire groupy gathered around a caterpillar. An extremely beautiful one that’s not too too common – the larva of an Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirteana). It’s unique outgrowing “bristles” reminded us of a Christmas tree, and most caterpillars that looked like this had been called the Christmas Cat. As usual, I volunteered to be the last to shoot, and hogged this fella for quite a while.
#1 Munching done, now going up and down the stalk in search of more food!
#2 View of it’s bottom
#3 Side view
#4 Side view while letting you peek at it’s grubby legs
#5 Another view of it’s bottom
Horace Tan from the Butterfly Circle has an excellent article documenting the life history of the archduke here:
And here are the other subjects of the day… not that much less important!
While waiting for the rest, I chanced upon this golden orange robberfly hanging from a leaf.
It flew away after a few shots, and I found this bug right above! Looks like a hairy little assassin bug.
#7 Assassin Bug
#8 Head shot. One of my flashes refused to fire!! argh
#9 Horned back bug. Not it’s exact name, but we gave it this name due to the 2 horns on it’s back. Anyone with the exact ID? Quite a common sight in Singapore.
#10 Closer view of it’s face
#11 A blur blur view of the Hasselt’s Spiny Orbweaver (Gasteracantha hasseltii). Should be a male? Very small compared to the usual yellow version:
#12 Female Hasselt’s Spiny Orbweaver
Next was this pair of cute crab spiders. Both female. Not lesbian since they refused to touch each other while scrambling around on the flower. lol.
#12 You take your corner.. I take my corner!!
#13 Not talking to you… hmmpf!!!
#14 *sniff your butt*
#15 Last shot of the day – a female crab spider devouring a fly/wasp/flying ant?
The complete albums can be viewed here and here.