Singapore Has Mantidflies!
The spot appeared barren at first, and almost everyone had moved on until Vincent spotted a large one that seemed to be laying eggs!
#1 Jackpot! A different species (or gender) from the ones we shot before. And looked like it was laying eggs, or was highly constipated.
#2 Side view of the beautiful Mantidfly. Light brown in colour, while the others we saw before were yellow with more distinct black stripes.
#3 A shot that I took some time ago. This was the yellow Mantidfly, but had lost one of it’s forelegs.
#4 Side view of the “Tiger” Mantidfly
#5 Close up on the eyes and forelegs
While hunting for Mantidflies, we found some other interesting critters too.
#6 Juvenile St Andrew’s Cross Spider comes home to find a big meal waiting in the web!
#7 Turned out to be a beautiful red Derbidae?
#8 Closest shot I managed. For the record, it flew off leaving the little Argiope writhing in anger. lol
#9 Record shot of a Portia spider
#10 Alfred found this beautiful crab spider. At first glance, it looked like a typical orb weaver.
#11 Closing in to verify that it is a crab spider. 😛
#12 Beautiful red stripes on the side of it’s abdomen
#13 Yet another angle. Can’t get enough!
#14 Like any other crab spider, it opened it’s legs once it got irritated
#15 A very colourful but unidentified bug, look at the awesome fibre optics! lol
#16 Top view reveals intricate patterns on it’s back
#17 Top-front view
#18 Head shot, which reveals the fibre optics behind again. 🙂
#19 Ant-snatching Assassin Bug Nymph (Acanthaspis). A large one, revealing the details of the heads of all it’s victims.
#20 Interesting Jumping Spider. Pity I didn’t manage to get more shots before it disappeared.
#21 Wasp to entertain us while we took turns to shoot the Mantidfly.
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