No Arthropod is Too Big.. To Get Eaten

11 February 2012
Arthropods like House Centipedes can grow to substantial sizes (for an Arthropod) and we often find them devouring other smaller bugs. It was rare (at least to us) to find this menacing looking creature being the prey instead.

House Centipede (Scutigeridae) - DSC_9087#1 A freshly moulted House Centipede

House Centipede (Scutigeridae) - DSC_5882#2 Another one with a captured roach

House Centipede (Scutigeridae) - DSC_0816#3 From far, it’s always the lanky legs that catch our attention first

House Centipede (Scutigeridae) - DSC_0405#4 Up close to the face!

Scorpion devouring House Centipede - DSC_2211#5 Finally, the predator becomes prey, falling victim to a much larger scorpion. The legs were being removed one by one.

Scorpion devouring House Centipede - DSC_2212#6 Illuminating the scene with UV light. For more information on why scorpions illuminate under UV, read here: Why do Scorpions Glow under UV Light?

And the other interesting finds of the night… 🙂

Planthopper nymph (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_1967#7 Planthopper nymph with a bushy tail

Nasute Termite? (Termitoidae) - DSC_1989#8 Lots of termites on a fallen branch

Nasute Termite? (Termitoidae) - DSC_1998#9 Trying to get close to the face, they run pretty quickly!

Nasute Termite? (Termitoide) - DSC_2018#10 The eyes are underneath the pointed head, making them seem like faceless ants

Ant-snatching Assassin Bug nymph (Reduviidae) - DSC_2024#11 Acanthaspis sp. carrying a load of ant corpses, with a poor ant looking on. This is an Assassin bug nymph.

Velvet Mite? (Trombidiidae?) - DSC_2029#12 Velvety looking mite. Doesn’t stop to pose, just chase after them!

Longhorn Beetle (Epepeotes luscus) - DSC_2043#13 Longhorn Beetle (Epepeotes luscus)

Longhorn Beetle (Epepeotes luscus) - DSC_2057#14 Side view of the longhorn beetle

Pink Cricket - DSC_2062#15 Mutated Katydid. The mutation was discussed in an earlier post: Do Bugs Mutate?

Freshly moulted Katydid? Cricket? - DSC_2071#16 Freshly moulted katydid with a seemingly transparent body and bright green legs

Freshly moulted Katydid? Cricket? - DSC_2073#17 Side view of the beauty

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2078#18 Snake spotted! At first, the broad head led us to think that this could be a viper

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2083#19 After checking it up, found that it was a Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) and mildly venomous

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2102#20 Hissing at us

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2106#21 Slithering towards us

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2117#22 All coiled up and ready to leap

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2122#23 Favorite shot of the night. This cat-snake can grow up to 2.5m in length

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2127#24 Hissing at me again

Dog-Toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) - DSC_2136#25 Final shot before it slithered into the bushes

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_2148#26 Bright red Assassin Bug (Reduviidae)

Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_2153#27 Also another bug that refused to keep still

Comb-footed Spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_2176#28 Thwaitesia margaretifer (ID kindly provided by David Court) with a coin-like reflective armor on the abdomen. The “coins” were initially sparse and separated, possibly due to an intentionally bloated abdomen. It then relaxed and this was the result. Super reflective!

James blogged about this trip here.

The complete album can be viewed here.



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