The Macro Shoot That Turned into Something Else…

24 June 2011
Made a quick night shoot with James and Uncle Lew to Mandai Track 15, as I struggled to carry my gear around in the day without a car. (sorry to the people who were at the other end of my tripod at Raffles Place MRT) The trip started with a hunt for the Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi). Refer to What’s called a Spider and a Scorpion, but is actually neither? for more details on this creature. While looking for tiny critters, we ended up taking pictures of a snake and bird instead. lol

Ant-like Sac Spider (Medmassa insignis) - DSC_9414#1 Not Particularly Good Ant Mimic Spider (Corinnidae). James mentioned it to me, but why such a verbose name??!

Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_9425#2 Lynx Spider with supper, looks like a cricket?

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9437#3 James spotted this fat snake… what is it!?! Couldn’t see the head, so we went round the tree to try to find the snake’s head.

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9433#4 Found the head!! But why is the tongue perpetually sticking out?

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9445#5 Turned out that it had just devoured a lizard! Found this view, it should be a Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila ). Not sure why it doesn’t swallow up the tail as well, maybe it was too large?

Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila) - DSC_9458#6 Wagged a branch near to it and it started flapping its tongue. lol. Looks like its smoking a cigar from this angle.

Hasselt's Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha hasselti) - DSC_9465#7 Hasselts Spiny Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha hasselti) but without the spiny back in the pic. Evidence of laziness as I already had the Raynox DCR250 on my lens. ūüėõ

Rufous-Tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) - DSC_9470#8 Rufous-tailed tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) Kindly identified by Ivan and Steven. Found this little fella resting under a leaf at knee-level.

Flower Chafer Beetle (Cetoniidae) - DSC_9480#9 Bug with very intricate patterns on its back. Bad habit, missed a proper shot of the body again.

Dark Sided Chorus Frog (Microhyla heymonsi) - DSC_9500#10 Look deep into my eyes!!! Dark sided chorus frog (Microhyla heymonsi) spotted by James. I had the Raynox on, so just took a view of its eyes.

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_9501#11 A bright red assassin bug (Reduviidae) hiding in a crevice

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_9504#12 Closer look at the proboscis used to pierce its prey

Moth - DSC_9508#13 Moth. No ID for this fella, but it has rather nice patterns on its wings.

The complete album can be viewed here.

James blogged about this trip here
1 Comment
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    James K

    1 July 2011

    That spider not described by me lol. The group's name is likely to be coined by some spider researcher or perhaps even F. and J. Murphy in whose book I came across the name. Genera include Castianeira and Corinnomma.




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