PUI Goes the Spitting Spider

9 July 2011
Please pardon the crude title. ūüôā This post is dedicated to the Spitting Spider (Scytodidae family). It hunts by shooting gooey spit from its claws towards its prey at extreme speeds (attack sequence completes within 1/700th of a second according to Wikipedia). This spit is both sticky and venomous, rendering the prey immobile.

Here’s a video describing the spitting spider, and illustrates its battle with a jumping spider.

Today’s trip to Durian Loop had its highlights in a Spitting Spider carrying an egg sac, and a bunch of Mantidflies.

Spitting Spider (Scytodidae) - DSC_0113#1 Spitting Spider carrying its egg sac.

Spitting Spider (Scytodidae) - DSC_0132#2 Side view. The head is big!

Spitting Spider (Scytodidae) - DSC_0135#3 It turned up to look at me! So I made it into a 3D rocking sequence.

Spitting Spider's Eggs (Scytodidae) - DSC_0151#4 Extreme close up at its face and eggs. The shapes of the eggs can be seen through the sac.

Spitting Spider (Scytodidae) - DSC_0193#5 Close up of its side

Spitting Spider (Scytodidae) - DSC_0176#6 Final shot before it went back to its motherly duties

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_0104#7 Had my Raynox on, so took a quick shot of this jumping spider

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_0227#8 This weevil was motionless on a tree trunk. Too big for my Raynox and out of focus! ūüôĀ

Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_0236#9 Took out the Raynox for this view ūüôā

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_0259#10 Robberfly, possibly a wasp mimic?

Mantisfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_0089#11 A brown mantidfly. Same pattern as the “tiger” mantidfly that we usually see.

Me Shooting the Mantisfly - nicky_mantidfly1#12 Managed to get really close to one of the Mantidflies. This picture was shot by Lance from his mobile phone.

Portrait of a Mantisfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_0326#13 And the resulting shot. I always wanted to get a face shot of this fella!

Mantisfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_0265#14 Another random angle of the Mantidfly

The complete album can be viewed here.



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