The Peculiar Shaped Petai Flower

28 August 2013

We were doing our usual roaming, looking for interesting arthropods, when a heavy object dropped from the sky and hit my arm. It appeared to be a flower, and had a peculiar shape that drew the awkward laugh and smiles in the group. I asked around and found that it was the Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa). I hope you find it as interesting too…. 🙂

    Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa) -
  1. Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa)

    Chris sportingly held the flower while I took a picture with my mobile phone . Such a beauty isn’t it???? Included a closeup of the stamen in the inset image. It was actually quite solid and felt heavy.

  2. Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa) - DSC_3238
  3. Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa)

    Close up of the petai flower’s stamen

  4. Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa) - DSC_3237
  5. Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa)

    Close up of the whateveryoucallthatwhitethingy

  6. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3235
  7. Jumping Spider (Telamonia sp.)

    I was trying to shoot this Jumping Spider attacked by 2 mites when the flower hit me

  8. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3236
  9. Jumping Spider (Telamonia sp.)

    The mite seems to have sucked a lot from the jumping spider!

  10. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3243
  11. Jumping Spider (Salticidae)

    More Jumping Spiders, lots of them so I just took some record shots.

  12. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_3246
  13. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha)

    The area had a lot of different planthoppers. This one is often mistaken to be a cicada. Unfortunately it kept moving and flew off eventually before I could take a good photo

  14. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3247
  15. Jumping Spider (Salticidae)

    Yet another jumping spider!

  16. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3252
  17. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae)

    Very cute Derbid Planthopper , but what’s that red thing on top? Another mite?!

  18. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3257
  19. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae)

    Yup, looks like another big fat mite with a good harvest

  20. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3258
  21. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae)

    The Derbid Planthopper was so cute that I had to take more shots. Many would notice the “cross-eyed” look.

  22. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3264
  23. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae)

    View from the top

  24. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_3267
  25. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha)

    There were also many of these planthoppers with a long slender tail

  26. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_3269
  27. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha)

    View from above

  28. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.) - DSC_3275
  29. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.)

    Found this Lynx Spider guarding her egg sac

  30. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.) - DSC_3279
  31. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.)

    She remained motionless while I was fumbling around

  32. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.) - DSC_3288
  33. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.)

    Typical pattern of a Hamataliwa

  34. Long-Legged Velvet Mite (Erythraeidae) - DSC_3290
  35. Long-Legged Velvet Mite (Erythraeidae)

    Chris spotted this Long-Legged Velvet Mite , refused to stop moving!

  36. Long-Legged Velvet Mite (Erythraeidae) - DSC_3293
  37. Long-Legged Velvet Mite (Erythraeidae)

    Eventually tried to hide under the vine

  38. Thrips (Thysanoptera) - DSC_3300
  39. Thrips (Thysanoptera)

    There were also a bunch of Thrips on the branch – a black one seemed to be way different from the rest

  40. Leafhopper nymph (Selenocephalinae) - DSC_3302
  41. Leafhopper nymph (Selenocephalinae)

    Chris spotted this Leafhopper nymph , very thin and unique looking!

  42. Leafhopper nymph (Selenocephalinae) - DSC_3307
  43. Leafhopper nymph (Selenocephalinae)

    Dorsal view reveals a beautiful pattern and 2 lovely tails

  44. Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_3319
  45. Comb-Footed Spider (Janula sp.)

    A really tiny Comb-Footed Spider found hiding under a leaf

  46. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3326
  47. Crested Lizard (Agamidae)

    A little Crested Lizard ran up a stick behind me, and allowed us to shoot for over 10 minutes!

  48. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3326b
  49. Crested Lizard (Agamidae)

    Close up on the eye. Some said that it looked like an eclipse ” target=”_blank”>Heroes?)

  50. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3328
  51. Crested Lizard (Agamidae)

    With full flash and a fast shutter, I would get the black, clean background

  52. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3331
  53. Crested Lizard (Agamidae)

    With a slower shutter and bigger aperture, I could get more colours in the background but with thinner depth of field

  54. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3358
  55. Crested Lizard (Agamidae)

    The Crested Lizard was really cute when it posed

  56. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3361
  57. Crested Lizard (Agamidae)

    When I finally got the exposure correct, the Crested Lizard started scrambling away

  58. Me shooting a crested lizard
  59. Me shooting a crested lizard”>

    How I looked with my setup when trying to shoot the lizard. Photo ©2013 Chris Ang.

  60. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3367
  61. Jumping Spider (Epeus sp.)

    Chris found this male Jumping Spider

  62. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3370
  63. Jumping Spider (Epeus sp.)

    Record shot of the dorsal view

  64. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3372
  65. Jumping Spider (Epeus sp.)

    Check out the eyes~~

  66. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3382
  67. Wolf Spider (Ovia sp.)

    This Wolf Spider had been on my wish list for quite a while. Always near me but I managed to miss it each time the rest shot it. This time, I was the only one shooting it!!

  68. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3385
  69. Wolf Spider (Ovia sp.)

    It had a pair of large, bulging eyes

  70. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3389
  71. Wolf Spider (Ovia sp.)

    This little fella had a habit of running to the edge of the leaf and resting there

  72. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3415
  73. Wolf Spider (Ovia sp.)

    Yup, just let your legs loose and relax

  74. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3425
  75. Wolf Spider (Ovia sp.)

    Other than the bulging eyes, this Wolf Spider has a dark blue sheen on the carapace

  76. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3442
  77. Wolf Spider (Ovia sp.)

    Highlighting the bulging eyes

  78. Long Horn Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha dalyi) - DSC_3458
  79. Long Horn Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha dalyi)

    The rest found this Long Horn Orb Weaver, not sure if it is a Gasteracantha dalyi

  80. Long Horn Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha dalyi) - DSC_3495
  81. Long Horn Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha dalyi)

    Originally thought that it was a juvenile Macracantha arcuata, but guess not!

  82. Minute Litter Spider (Mysmenidae) - DSC_3503
  83. Minute Litter Spider (cf. Mysmenidae)

    Tiny little Minute Litter Spider found on the leaf litter

  84. Minute Litter Spider (Mysmenidae) - DSC_3508
  85. Minute Litter Spider (cf. Mysmenidae)

    It was barely 2mm long!

  86. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_3512
  87. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.)

    Also found this Litter Crab Spider

  88. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_3517
  89. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.)

    Camouflages itself perfectly on branches

  90. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_3520
  91. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.)

    Close up on the eyes

The complete album can be viewed here.




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