The Spider Temple

30 December 2010
The micro world never ceases to amaze, as we find facts after facts on bug behavior and patterns, with each getting more bizarre to the previous one.

The Neogea Nocticolor Spider is often known for it’s intricate and fascinating patterns it weaves on it’s web. Found one today, but seemed like it had not started doing it’s famous magic yet! What intrigued me more… was the presence of 3 odd sacs hanging equidistant from each other above the spider. It reminded me of temples hanging lanterns at the gates.

Yet to confirm, but I’ve read that the Neogea female likes to decorate it’s web with it’s egg sacs, and have seen similar pictures like this describing them to be egg-sacs. Some joked that this was for the spider to hang clothes to dry. What’s your take? ūüėõ

Note: I forgot to bring batteries for my flash this time, so most were taken without flash, some with onboard flash, aided by torchlights

Orb Weaver Spider (Neogea nocticolor) - DSC_1287#1 The Spider Temple, Neogea Nocticolor Spider

Orb Weaver Spider (Neogea nocticolor) - DSC_1297#2 Side view of the bizarre sight

Cockroach (Blattodea) - DSC_1118#3 Never seen a white cockroach before.. albino? Just emerged from moult or coccoon? (shell in background)

Nolid moth caterpillar (Nolidae) - DSC_1176#4 Creature from another planet… planet Watermelon!

Nolid moth caterpillar (Nolidae) - DSC_1158#5 This is actually the pupa of a Nolid Moth, found 4 of them along the stretch that I walked today

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_1143#6 Crab spider in wait of a prey

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_1152#7 Success? No idea what it was eating though

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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