Return of the Eight-Spotted Crab Spider
It was thanks to Victor and David who found this rare little spider and alerted a few of us who rushed over to take a few shots. (ok ok.. more than a few shots)
#1 Probably a juvenile but nearing adulthood. The “panda eyes” were barely visible and slightly faded.
#2 Many have questioned why this is called the Eight-Spotted Crab Spider but only see 7 spots on the abdomen. Where did the 8th spot go? Did they kind of merge to form a larger spot nearer to the carapace?
#3 Rear view of the spinnerets. Could this be.. the 8th spot? It is said that the 8th spot is hidden underneath. I did not get to shoot the underside of this spider, forgot to bring a piece of glass for this, but come to think of it, it is possible to shoot the spider from behind a normal UV filter!
#4 Lateral (side) view reveals ridged patterns on the side of the abdomen
#5 Defensive stance, raising it’s forelegs up at me
#6 Full dorsal view (top). The last 3 segments of each leg (Tarsus, Metatarsus and Tibia) are slightly transparent, typical of juveniles.
#7 Only seeing this once in 2 years, so I’m taking more shots!!
#8 Fore legs occasionally reach the mouth parts for some cleaning
#9 Another view of the faded “panda eyes”. The full adult would have solid black “panda eyes”
#10 Closer view of the spinnerets
#11 Experimental lighting to highlight the translucent legs
#12 Another view with less fill light
#13 Peekaboo view of the fangs
#14 It couldn’t resist and went on to clean it’s claws again
#15 Just in case, got another lateral shot
#16 This was the original leaf that it was located on.
#17 Face shot. Slightly higher angle to get the chelicerae in focus
#18 With a full frontal shot, the chelicerae would be out of focus
While waiting to shoot the yellow gem, took some random shots of subjects around the area.
#19 Pill shaped planthopper?
#20 Flightless Tiger Beetle (Tricondyla sp.) I had a full post on a Katydid mimicking this particular Tiger Beetle.
#21 Side view
#22 It was walking around non-stop, so I just took more random angles
#23 Final shot before it got really impatient with me and disappeared into the bushes
The full album can be viewed here.