A Night of Hairy Huntsman Spiders

29 October 2011
A night into Nangka Trail led to several sightings of Huntsman Spiders – really hairy ones. If we didn’t have the ID, they’d be fondly called the Orang Utan Spiders. Because of the long hair perhaps?

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_5776#1 First one was a juvenile

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_5837#2 This had a really dark shade of orange

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_5843#3 Front view

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_5844#4 Didn’t really like me and had the legs open for a moment

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_5892#5 Bright red stripes

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_5891#6 Head shot

Lots of other findings other than the huntsman spiders. I dropped by Venus Drive to take some shots of the Ypsotingis as I didn’t get any good shots of it in the previous week.

Lace Bug (Ypsotingis sp.) - DSC_5574#7 Ypsotingis, with 2 enlarged cysts on it’s back

Lace Bug (Ypsotingis sp.) - DSC_5578#8 Somehow, it refused to stop moving once I started to take aim. Might be very sensitive to the focusing light.

Lace Bug (Ypsotingis sp.) - DSC_5612#9 Details on the wings

Lace Bug (Ypsotingis sp.) - DSC_5645#10 Side view

Bioluminescent Fungi (Filoboletus manipularis?) - DSC_5653#11 Some bioluminescent mushrooms were also spotted on a dead log

Bioluminescent Fungi (Filoboletus manipularis?) - DSC_5655#12 Not many mushrooms, so I just zoomed into 2 that were close to each other

Katydid? Cricket? - DSC_5666#13 Katydid with a dark green body and white legs.

Jumping Spider eggs (Epeus sp.) - DSC_5695#14 Founds some eggs… where’s the mother???

Jumping Spider (Epeus sp.) - DSC_5741#15 There she is! A Epeus flavobilineatus counts her eggs once she returned.

Jumping Spider (Epeus sp.) - DSC_5746#16 My Precious!!

Jumping Spider (Epeus sp.) - DSC_5750#17 All round protection as she turns round and round.

Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_5778#18 Wolf Spider rests on a leaf

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_5783#19 Adult Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_5788#20 Top view of the wings

Comb-footed spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_5789#21 This spider tends to spin webs on a single leaf

Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_5791#22 Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi), almost a permanent resident of Nangka Trail

Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_5822#23 Close up shot of the Amblypygi

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_5836#24 A golden coloured Robberfly. Flew off after I took this shot. ūüôĀ

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_5848#25 “Santa Claus” Longhorn Beetle. Might have been dead for some time as the fungus engulfed it’s body.

Wandering Spider (Ctenidae) - DSC_5853#26 White Striped Wandering Spider

House Centipede (Scutigeridae) - DSC_5877#27 A large House Centipede devouring a cockroach

House Centipede (Scutigeridae) - DSC_5882#28 Side view, with the background lighted up using a torch

Scorpion (Scorpiones) - DSC_5883#29 A beautiful scorpion with it’s sting perched high up

Scorpion (Scorpiones) - DSC_5889#30 View from above

Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) - DSC_5895#31 Sac Spider head shot

Bronzeback Snake (Colubridae, Dendrelaphis sp.) - DSC_5902#32 Bronzeback Snake? Not sure, it slithered off after this shot

The complete album can be viewed here and here.
1 Comment
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    James K

    17 December 2011

    #29 and #30 may be Chaerilus sp.



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