Look Into My (Black) Eyes

25 May 2012
Many frogs have distinct patterns in their eyes. One particular group however, would sport very dark colours – almost black. This trait then led to their name… the Black-Eyed Litter Frog. Litter because it can be found in dead leaf litter.

Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) - DSC_8580#1 The Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) with beautiful black eyes

Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) - DSC_8588#2 One leg forward

Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) - DSC_8593#3 No matter how I looked at it, the black glassy eyes were still as attractive!!

Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) - DSC_8596#4 Like a boss

Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) - DSC_8603#5 Shifted the environment and managed a brown background of the leaf litter

Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) - DSC_8611#6 Victor comes into the picture… in the background. lol

Black-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium nigrops) - DSC_8618#7 Final shot of this handsome froggie. On a side note… it seems to walk more than hop!

Moth - DSC_8421#8 This little moth was mating earlier, think I chased away his mate. oops!

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_8437#9 Victor found this very unique fungus weevil, with ridiculously long antennae!!

Pill Bug? (Armadillidiidae) - DSC_8455#10 Guess where are the head and legs of this beetle??? lol

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8457#11 Jumping spider (Salticidae). It behaves a little like Siler sp.

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8458#12 Lazy to get a direct front view, so here’s a view from above!

Ground Beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8462#13 Melvyn found this ground beetle, and called it the fake violin beetle

Ground Beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8466#14 With the broad body and thin neck, doesn’t it look like a violin??

Ground Beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8468#15 It had a very dark body, but completely covering it with my flash ends up in this weird colour

Mirid Bug? (Miridae) - DSC_8477#16 On the same log, Melvyn found this very strange but colourful bug, complete with a big drop of water on it’s back!

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8510#17 This was what held me back for almost an hour. This Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) was running around non stop, and kept turning away from me

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8519#18 It had a very cute face, with eyes almost bigger than anything else!

Ground Beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8530#19 Somehow I took a break from waiting for the jumper and went back to the fake violin beetle. lol

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8534#20 Side profile of the kerrangga ant-like jumper.

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8542#21 Yes it likes to raise it’s legs as well

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8546#22 Lovely pose by the jumper

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8548#23 Trying very hard to get a nice portrait

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8553#24 Acting like an ant — the legs are mimicking the antennae of an ant.

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8557#25 Still not looking at me, so I took a pic of it doing some funny actions

Kerrengga Ant-Like Jumper (Myrmarachne plataleoides) - DSC_8560#26 Final shot before I gave up trying to take a perfect portrait. lol

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_8571#27 One of the many wandering spiders (Ctenus floweri?) we found

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_8625#28 A green huntsman spider (?) guarding it’s egg sac. From far, it looked as if it was carrying the egg sac, but it is actually attached to the leaf!

Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_8629#29 Victor pointed me to this lanky spider on the way out. Possibly a nursery web spider?

Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae) - DSC_8631#30 Playing with some back lights. 🙂

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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