Khao Yai National Park – Day 2

11 March 2012
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Woke up early, all ready to explore the jungle trails but we were abruptly stopped by the subjects found near to the cabin. lol. Found a mantidfly just 10m away from our balcony!

Behind the scenes shots from Melvyn’s Sony TX5, Nicky’s Galaxy SII, David’s LX5.

    Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae) - DSC_4064
  1. Warm up shot with this beetle

  2. Masked Hunter (Reduviidae) - DSC_4067
  3. Lance found a Masked Hunter, seemingly waiting for food beside a patch of eggs

  4. Jumping Spider (Portia sp.) - DSC_4152
  5. Portia sp. the intelligent hunter

  6. Found a Mantidfly just outside the cabin

  7. Mantidfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_4190
  8. Mantidfly caught pooping

  9. Mantidfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_4193
  10. Side view of the Mantidfly

  11. Mantidfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_4204
  12. Head shot. Somehow the eyes did not appear as vibrant as the other species we shot in Singapore.

  13. Mantidfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_4207
  14. Slightly different angle but still dull eyes

  15. Mantidfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_4213
  16. Last shot, as I realized that the shots were not improving. lol

  17. Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_4228
  18. This spider had a bee in it’s nest and slowly munching the day away

  19. Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_4258
  20. Front view of the makan

  21. Spiny Back Orb Weaver Spider (Gasteracantha doriae) - DSC_4233
  22. Dangling high above on the same tree, was this spiny back orb weaver.

  23. Spiny Back Orb Weaver Spider (Gasteracantha doriae) - DSC_4240
  24. Difficult to light up with the strong sunlight from behind

  25. Lizard - DSC_4262
  26. Found this lizard near to the canteen where we were having lunch

  27. First lunch in the park – soup noodles!

  28. Accompanied by lots of sinful stuff

  29. Also ordered more fatty stuff to share

  30. Caught Ben devouring the fatty stuff and ice cream when he claimed that he was going on a diet. There’s him cooking up some new excuse.

  31. Satisfied with lunch

  32. Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius) - DSC_4285
  33. Found lots of puddling Common Bluebottles (Graphium sarpedon luctatius) near the stream

  34. Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius) - DSC_4287
  35. While puddling, this was also peeing to remove excess liquid

  36. Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius) - DSC_4302
  37. Yep lots of Bluebottles

  38. We went to take photos at the park’s signage

  39. And had Ben do some jumps

  40. Finally got into the first trail!

  41. Lance taking a snooze

  42. Orb Weaver Spider (Cyclosa sp.) - DSC_4320
  43. Interesting web patterns

  44. Spiny Back Orb Weaver Spider (Gasteracantha sp.) - DSC_4327
  45. Cute little spiny back orb weaver

  46. Katydid (Tettigoniidae) - DSC_4335
  47. A well camouflaged katydid

  48. DSC_4338
  49. Metallic blue beetle

  50. Fish Hook Ant (Polyrhachis bihamata) - DSC_4343
  51. Seemed like common ants running around, but after taking a picture, realized that it had several wildly protruding hooks. Melvyn later identified them as Fish-hook ants (Polyrhachis bihamata)

  52. Fish Hook Ant (Polyrhachis bihamata) - DSC_4346
  53. It just kept running about

  54. Fish Hook Ant (Polyrhachis bihamata) - DSC_4349
  55. Only managed a few shots with the head in focus

  56. Taking a break!

  57. Flat-backed Millipede (Platyrhacidae) - DSC_4394
  58. Looks like a large flat-backed millipede

  59. Flat-backed Millipede (Platyrhacidae) - DSC_4400
  60. Likes to curl up like any typical millipede

  61. Flat-backed Millipede (Platyrhacidae) - DSC_4415
  62. Resting on a tree log

  63. True Weevil (Curculionidae) - DSC_4431
  64. A tiny common weevil

  65. Tortoise Beetle (Hispinae) - DSC_4434
  66. Tortoise beetle

  67. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4447
  68. One of the many lynx spiders we found

  69. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4459
  70. Red and black. Interesting combination.

  71. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4464
  72. The legs also tend to be spread wider than the others we find in Singapore

  73. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4482
  74. And even wider! This lynx spider has relatively longer legs

  75. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4489
  76. Another reddish lynx

  77. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4492
  78. I said that I wanted to find a blue lynx spider, but found this black one instead. On looking closer at the pictures, it does have a tint of blue!

  79. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4495
  80. The blue shows up only under the flash

  81. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4508
  82. Head shot. Looks like a really angry Lynx Spider.

  83. Harvestman (Opiliones) - DSC_4535
  84. One of the many harvestman running about

  85. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4546
  86. Yet another Lynx Spider! This time with a prey

  87. Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_4548
  88. Happily munching away

  89. Dinner was a giant omelette

  90. Favorite drink – Honey Lemon Green Tea!

  91. Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) - DSC_4561
  92. Got back to the cabin to find this pretty tokay gecko on the wall.

  93. Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) - DSC_4563
  94. Guess we found out who made all the weird noises at night!

  95. Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) - DSC_4564
  96. Close up. It is actually blue with red spots!

  97. Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) - DSC_4567
  98. Final shot before it ran away

  99. Tick (Ixodida) - DSC_4623
  100. Found lots of ticks in Thailand. Here’s one huge one (over 1cm)

  101. Long Horned Orb Weaver (Macracantha arcuata) - DSC_4649
  102. Macracantha arcuata or previously known as Gasteracantha arcuata

  103. Long Horned Orb Weaver (Macracantha arcuata) - DSC_4657
  104. Tried putting some props behind as background, but looked too unnatural

  105. The fake background. Shots do not turn out well, so we decided to go for natural setups in the day instead!

  106. Leech (Hirudinea) - DSC_4662
  107. One of the leeches that followed us back. Can see the tiny eyes on the left.

  108. Leech (Hirudinea) - DSC_4679
  109. Feverishly sensing heat around

  110. Leech (Hirudinea) - DSC_4726
  111. Moves about non-stop until it finds a target

  112. Long Horned Orb Weaver (Macracantha arcuata) - DSC_4742
  113. Went back to shoot the long horn spider again

  114. Leech (Hirudinea) - DSC_4776
  115. Trying to get a big question mark

  116. Leech (Hirudinea) - DSC_4779
  117. Okay… this was the best I could get!

  118. Moth - DSC_4796
  119. Another visiting moth

  120. Long Horned Orb Weaver (Macracantha arcuata) - DSC_4813
  121. Saw the long horn spider dangling on it’s web, so I took another pic. By then, the sky was already dark.

  122. Ben wore green, so he was an ideal candidate for nicer background when shooting the visitors to our balcony. lol

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