Singapore’s Leaf Rolling Weevils
Here’s a video showing how this weevil cuts a leaf and rolls it up into what looks like a spring roll. This rolled leaf serves to protect their newly laid eggs. Some species would cut the rolled leaf and let it drop to the floor, while I’ve seen some left hanging on the branches. When the young are hatched, the larvae will feed on the leaf from inside until they are ready to face the world.
#1 Giraffe Weevil (Korotyaevirhinus necopinus orientalis). Seen this a couple of times, but only if the host plants are present
#2 Top view shows the yellow patches
#3 A preflight shot showing the yellow abdomen
#4 Another leaf rolling weevil with different colouration
#5 Doing some cleaning every now and then
#6 Pushing an invisible wall
#7 View from above
#8 Taking more record shots, DOF very thin here
#9 Head shot
#10 Final angle before letting it hide under the leaf again
#11 A very very tiny Crab Spider (Thomisidae)
#12 A show of threat as I approached
#13 Side profile
#14 Found a very cute little Pill Cockroach on the forest litter
#15 Take a peek at the face!
#17 A very different looking Crab Spider on the muddy walls
#18 The fore legs are often stretched forward
#19 Another angle
#20 Closer look at the eyes
#21 Final shot. This is the most common position that you’d find this spider in!
#22 A ground spider (Zodariidae) with a captured ant
#23 Front view
#24 Unusual view of a stick insect (from bottom up!)
#25 Close up of the head
#26 Found this Huntsman Spider resting on a leaf. Sometimes mistaken to be a sac spider as well.
#27 Closer view of the face!
#28 Record shot of a scorpion (Lychas scutilus?)
#29 Another ground spider hidden in a folded leaf
#30 Found some very tiny little wolf spiders (Lycosidae) in their usual dew-ridden webs
#31 Small, black but cute!
#32 Record shot of a spider’s moult
#33 Victor showed me this very quietly positioned barklouse
#34 Many wandering spiders (Ctenidae) on the forest litter!
#35 Comb-footed Spider (Theridiidae) with another captured spider
#36 This Huntsman Spider (Sparassidae) captured a cockroach!
#37 Daddy Long Legs, or Cellar Spider (Pholcidae) carrying a bunch of eggs
#38 Haven’t shot crickets in a while, shot this since I’m testing my setup as well.
#39 A spider’s home. But who?
#40 Some legs spotted! Probably a comb-footed spider.
#41 Jumping Spider (Salticidae)
#42 The usual stunned look of a jumping spider
#43 A Nephilid, one of the many with webs on the surface of tree trunks
#44 Trying to get a view of the face
#45 Dorsal view
#46 Interesting little comb-footed spider
#47 Juvenile orb weaver (Argiope sp.?) with prey
The full album can be viewed here.