Venturing Beyond NTU
I had a quiet night, doing more of a KLKK while pointing out subjects to others. Most of the time, the bugs flew away before I had a chance to shoot, so it was more of a weight lifting session and what most of us would call… TCSS (talk cock sing song la…)
Word of caution to those who wish to explore the area…. the mosquitoes leave a long lasting itch from their bites! I had the itch for almost a full week before it subsided, and the scars are still there. Some even had bites on the butt (don’t ask me how!).
#1 First subject of the night — the Ornamental Tree-Trunk Spider (herennia ornatissima). Obviously, it was found on a tree trunk, and busy devouring a prey which I can’t really identify. The bottom of the abdomen shows a bright orange, rarely seen!
#2 The typical view of the Ornamental Tree-Trunk Spider. Everyone crowded around our first subject!
#3 From afar… these looked like a patch of orange-coloured maggots!
#4 On closer inspection, they were the babies of some bug… kindly identified as Barklice (Cerastipsocus venosus) by jio.
#5 I used to think that any bug with a long mouth part was an assassin bug… but am doubting it now. Are these assassins?
The rest of the photo are of Tiger Beetles. There were only 2 species spotted. One was the common Japanese Tiger Beetle, and the other was unidentified but known to us as the bronze Tiger Beetle.
#6 Here’s the bronze guy! Much smaller than the Japanese Tiger Beetle in the last pic.
#7 View from the other side. What’s the difference?? lol
#8 Head shot of the bronze coloured Tiger Beetle
#9 Final shot belonged to the Japanese Tiger Beetle, larger than the bronze one. Took this hand-held, uncropped.
The complete album can be viewed here.