Singapore Has Mantidflies!

13 November 2011
This is far from the first sighting of a Mantidfly (Mantispidae) in Singapore. But it is something that many of our Malaysian counterparts rarely see, and on the wish list of many. We were checking out the usual Mantidfly spots as some of our Malaysian friends were going to visit in December and we promised to show them the Mantidfly. =D

The spot appeared barren at first, and almost everyone had moved on until Vincent spotted a large one that seemed to be laying eggs!

Mantisfly (Mantipidae) - DSC_6835#1 Jackpot! A different species (or gender) from the ones we shot before. And looked like it was laying eggs, or was highly constipated.

Mantisfly (Mantipidae) - DSC_6879#2 Side view of the beautiful Mantidfly. Light brown in colour, while the others we saw before were yellow with more distinct black stripes.

Portrait of a Mantisfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_0326#3 A shot that I took some time ago. This was the yellow Mantidfly, but had lost one of it’s forelegs.

Mantisfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_9688#4 Side view of the “Tiger” Mantidfly

Mantisfly (Mantispidae) - DSC_9682#5 Close up on the eyes and forelegs

While hunting for Mantidflies, we found some other interesting critters too.

Juvenile Argiope sp. about to attack a captured Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_6555#6 Juvenile St Andrew’s Cross Spider comes home to find a big meal waiting in the web!

Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_6585#7 Turned out to be a beautiful red Derbidae?

Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_6581#8 Closest shot I managed. For the record, it flew off leaving the little Argiope writhing in anger. lol

Jumping Spider (Portia sp.) - DSC_6620#9 Record shot of a Portia spider

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6641#10 Alfred found this beautiful crab spider. At first glance, it looked like a typical orb weaver.

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6641#11 Closing in to verify that it is a crab spider. ūüėõ

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6654#12 Beautiful red stripes on the side of it’s abdomen

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6682#13 Yet another angle. Can’t get enough!

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6696#14 Like any other crab spider, it opened it’s legs once it got irritated

DSC_6722#15 A very colourful but unidentified bug, look at the awesome fibre optics! lol

DSC_6742#16 Top view reveals intricate patterns on it’s back

DSC_6754#17 Top-front view

DSC_6701#18 Head shot, which reveals the fibre optics behind again. ūüôā

Ant-snatching Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis sp.) - DSC_6787#19 Ant-snatching Assassin Bug Nymph (Acanthaspis). A large one, revealing the details of the heads of all it’s victims.

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_6824#20 Interesting Jumping Spider. Pity I didn’t manage to get more shots before it disappeared.

Wasp (Aprocrita) - DSC_6895#21 Wasp to entertain us while we took turns to shoot the Mantidfly.

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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