The Walking, Drooling Bird Dung

19 March 2011
Back to Admiralty Park, the place where macro started for me! A very quiet morning, as I did not see any other shooters around. Ended up shooting ants and other common subjects, til I saw this large Bird Dung Spider eating up it’s web to call it a night’s work.

This was the second time seeing the bird dung spider dismantling it’s web in the morning. The earlier incident was documented here: A Beautiful Piece of Shit.

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_4093#1 View from it’s underside. The m̶o̶r̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶d̶e̶w̶ sticky blob rests at the tip of the strand of web as the Bird Dung Spider sucked in it’s web slowly. Looked like it was drooling. lol

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_4113#2 View from it’s top, showing the ugly yet beautiful patterns, together with a string of “pearls”

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_4143#3 Front view, after it was done dismantling it’s web and resting on a leaf

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_4188#4 Apparently not really resting, it seemed to be chewing something invisible!! *nom* *nom* *nom*

Bird Dung Spider (Pasilobus sp.) - DSC_4295#5 View of it’s top. Another interesting thing observed… looks like some movement underneath it’s “skin”. This was documented on another species of Bird Dung Spider here: Observing the Micromovements of Bugs

Now onto the other subjects…!

Pupa of Malayan Eggfly (Hypolimnas anomala anomala) - DSC_4003#6 Found near the north entrance. Looks like the pupa of a Malayan Eggfly (at least it looked like the other ones I saw before). Wonder when the butterfly will emerge??

Ant (Formicidae) - DSC_4026#7 Looking up at an ant

Ant (Formicidae) - DSC_4052#8 This should be a better view!

Broad-Headed Bugs (Alydidae) - DSC_4082#9 Blur image of a mating couple, took one shot before it flew off!

Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_4303#10 Unknown ID spider, with it’s web built on a dried leaf.

Broad-Headed Bugs (Alydidae) - DSC_4333#11 Another mating pair! What are these again?

Orb Weaver Spider (Araneidae) - DSC_4383#12 Juvenile St Andrew’s Cross Spider with it’s unique web patterns.

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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