The Little King of Camouflage
Also known as the Masked Hunter (Reduvius sp.), this assassin bug secretes a sticky substance that covers its entire body (even the antennae and legs) which attracts dust and small particles to stick to it. The result, is a well camouflaged little bugger!
#1 Who would’ve thought that this patch of dirt… is an assassin bug?
#2 Side view, and the eyes are revealed! If you need help… it is facing the right in this picture.
#3 View from the front. Paints a rather majestic picture especially when its shape is more defined.
#4 Close up on its eye for those who struggle to see that it is a bug
#4b A cousin! Ant-snatching Assassin Bug that collects ant carcasses on their body.
#5 Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae), quite a common species in our local parks but yet to identify it.
#6 What looks like a Sac Spider capturing a cricket
#7 Found this dude running about on the ground
#8 Wider view. Huntsman?
#9 It had a distinct yellowed eye on the left. Wonder if it got blinded?
#10 White-Striped Wandering Spider (Anahita sp.)
#11 Had a closer look, really glassy eyes!
#12 Bluish palps with outward claws
#13 Closer view of the palps
#14 Some water on its face that led to the glassy look.
#15 Harvestman (Opiliones), ran away after this single shot
#16 Lacewing found under a leaf, looks quite similar to the Mantidfly without the mantid arms. Also flew away after 1 shot before I could adjust the lighting… not my night!!
#17 Lots of scorpions spotted, and just as we were talking about baby scorpions, this mama appeared with some rather big babies.
#18 Melvyn had a UV torch with him and helped me to light up the subject in this pic. Adult scorpions glow in this manner under UV light, while the kids take a while before it adopts this iridescence.
#19 Victor found this Sac Spider and shared with everyone. Unfortunately, it too ran off after 2 shots.
#20 Last shot before it ran off
#21 A “gummy bear” Harvestman playing dead.
#22 Looks authentically dead right??
#23 Stuck to its acting even when I flipped it over. Usually takes quite a while before it willingly starts to move again.
#24 Found this pair of leafhopper nymphs while searching for the harvestman that dropped to the leaf litter eventually
#25 Since it was National Day eve and the little duo sported colours of the national flag, did a picture to wish Singapore a happy birthday!
The complete album can be viewed here.