Prosperity Froggie

20 January 2012
We would usually expect to see frogs or toads in our night shoots if it rained in the day. This night promised as such, as we set forth to locate the prosperity frog (it’s just a name we gave it) after a day of rain.

Spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus) - DSC_0553#1 Found the prosperity froggy, thanks to Marcus and James. Nyctixalus pictus.

Spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus) - DSC_0556#2 Prosperity Froggie because it is orange. 大吉大利!

Spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus) - DSC_0571#3 Oblivious to our presence, we could even rotate the froggie around on the leaf without it jumping off. Extremely flat little froggie.

Spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus) - DSC_0599#4 Close up on the face.

Spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus) - DSC_0582#5 Placed the flash under the leaf to get an “X-ray” of the froggie.

Spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus) - DSC_0642#6 Marcus found another one!

vDSC_0647#7 Looks the same alright

Spotted Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus) - DSC_0718#8 Another close up

Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_0519#9 This Wolf Spider (Pardosa sp.) mother was carrying her egg sac

Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_0533#10 Going closer

Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_0547#11 And closer!!

Orb Weaver Spider (Araneus sp.) - DSC_0549#12 Possibly a Kidney Garden Spider (Araneus mitificus)?

Harvestman (Opiliones) - DSC_0612#13 Harvestman with a spikey green back

Harvestman (Opiliones) - DSC_0617#14 Side view highlights the spikes

DSC_0626#15 Unique looking bug with cyan stripes on it’s abdomen

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_0630#16 Usual scorpion on a tree bark

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_0634#17 Lighted with Ultra Violet

Scorpion (Lychas scutilus?) - DSC_0638#18 Ultra Violet mixed with flash

Scorpion (Liocheles australasiae?) - DSC_0726#19 Not so common scorpion, Hemiscorpiidae?. Refused to stop moving. Some of them had smaller pincers, which I suspect to be females of the same species?

Scorpion (Liocheles australasiae?) - DSC_0728#20 Tiny tail, I wonder how it manages to sting the prey? Likely to swing from the side like a crocodile.

Scorpion (Liocheles australasiae?) - DSC_0733#21 Lighted with Ultra Violet again.

Scorpion (Liocheles australasiae?) - DSC_0735#22 Final shot. I was waiting for a mating pair but they just wouldn’t come out from beneath the tree bark.

To find out why scorpions glow under Ultra Violet light, refer to my previous post:
Beetle (Coleoptera) - DSC_0746#23 Scarab beetle?

Beetle (Coleoptera) - DSC_0753#24 Couldn’t retract it’s wings

Dragonflies (Anisoptera) - DSC_0757#25 Two dragonflies at rest

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) - DSC_0766#26 They were beautifully covered with dew

James blogged about this trip here.

The complete album can be viewed here.



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