The Threat of a Singapore Tarantula
#1 Found this tarantula running about on the ground
#2 We tried to take pictures of it, and it raised it’s legs up at us. This usually lasts only for a short moment.
#3 It continued running about and stopped on top of a slab of rock
#4 Wasn’t moving so I took my time to take some record shots
#5 Another angle of the tarantula
#6 And it raised the legs at us again!
#7 This time, it stayed there for a while, so I had the opportunity to change angles and quickly take more shots
#8 Two pairs of forelegs raised, and the tarantula stayed there… frozen
#9 I went as low as I could get but still could not get any nice background
#10 It took a while, but the tarantula got comfortable eventually on a fallen log
#11 More like a dead branch, but it was clinging on happily
#12 Final shot before I left it alone to find supper (or a mate)
Many other spiders do raise their fore-legs as well. They could be showing a display of threat, or otherwise?
#13 This Jumping Spider (Siler sp.) raised both fore-legs at me while munching on supper
#14 An ant-mimic jumping spider raises it’s fore-legs
#15 This ant-mimic crab spider however, raises it’s forelegs possibly to mimic an ant’s moving antennae
#16 Face to face with a stick insect
#17 Close up on the eyes, very vibrant!
#18 Zooming out for a wider view
#19 Record shot showing the top view of the Phasmid
#20 Tiny little Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae)
#21 Closer view
#22 It dropped from the leaf as I got closer, but clung onto a blade of grass
#24 mmfmfmmmmph… the grass is blocking my face
#25 Found this little froggie relaxing within some wet branches
#26 Final subject of the night was a Tree Stump Orb Weaver (Poltys elevatus)
#27 Moved some foliage behind to get some colour into the background 😛
#28 Front view, shows the hidden face of the fake tree stump
The complete album can be viewed here.