First Shoot of 2012 at Dairy Farm

1 January 2012
First shoot of the year and everyone seemed to be finding lots of goodies! I was late due to work, but managed to get a few unique subjects. heng ahhh

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_8872#1 First subject was found along the main path. This Wandering Spider (Ctenidae). Not sure what it was eating though!

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_8875#2 Getting a slightly different view

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_8882#3 Close up on the head

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_8887#4 It was busy flossing it’s mandibles after the meal

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_8899#5 It allowed me to get close.. really close

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_8912#6 Another closeup

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8950#7 Beautiful unique Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae)

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8953#8 Lanky legs with smooth graduating colours

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8959#9 Top view to show the leg colours

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8964#10 Closer top view

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8971#11 Jumping Spider (Salticidae), possibly a female Pancorius

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8976#12 Close up on the patterns on the head

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_8980#13 Someone found this scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) mama with her relatively mature brood on piggyback. She was also eating a ground spider.

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_8982#14 Illuminated with UV light.

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_8988#15 Close up on the face

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_8990#16 Scorpion head with prey

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_8992#17 How many scorpion stings??

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_8993#18 Clearer view of the scorpion with prey

Scorpion's Sting (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_8996#19 Close up on the mama’s sting

Scorpions - DSC_8999#20 This kiddo jumped off and it was her first step to independence, scampering away from her mama.

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_9009#21 Wide-Jawed Viciria heavily engulfed in fungus

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_9014#22 I cleared the fungus a little to reveal the Salticid’s eyes.

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_9032#23 Close up. Can see that the eye was dented.

DSC_9033#24 Not sure what kinda worm this is?

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_9039#25 Reddish looking weevil. Several of them beside the steps.

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_9040#26 Side view. Lazy to remove the Raynox so had to settle with a cropped view.

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_9046#27 Yet another weevil

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_9051#28 Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae)

Timber Beetle (Lymexylidae) - DSC_9052#29 A very unique beetle. Possibly Atractocerus?

Timber Beetle (Lymexylidae) - DSC_9056#30 Side view to reveal the antennae

Timber Beetle (Lymexylidae) - DSC_9074#31 Full-bodied view.

House Centipede (Scutigeridae) - DSC_9087#32 Purplish looking House Centipede. Likely to be fresh from the molt.

Harvestman (Sandokanidae) - DSC_9093#33 Harvestman that most of us call the gummybear.

James blogged about this trip here.

The complete album can be viewed here.



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