What’s called a Spider and a Scorpion, but is actually neither?

5 November 2010
Did my first night shoot in a long while and discovered a unique night creature called the Whip Spider, also known as a Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi). It is neither a true spider nor a true scorpion, but a distinct order of the arachnid, having 2 extremely thin legs in front, modified into sensory feelers and 6 running legs with a stronger build. More interestingly, this species, unlike other arachnids, exhibits social behavior — the mothers caressed their young, and family members tend to gather together. See this article for the experiment conducted.

Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_7983#1 This Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) was spotted on the ground. The eyes are so small that they looked like 1 single eye, like an alien.

Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_8002#2 Found another larger one on a tree bark

Bird Dung Spider (Cyrtarachne sp.) - DSC_7949#4 Bird Dropping Spider (Cyrtarachne). We spotted a number of them along the trail.

Bird Dung Spider (Cyrtarachne sp.) - DSC_7952#5 The spider looks like a blob of bird dropping, and the liquid within swirls very slowly. Took 2 shots to illustrate this.

Bird Dung Spider (Cyrtarachne sp.) - DSC_7956#6 Side view of the Bird Dropping Spider

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7962#7 Female Crab Spider welcomes us with open arms (legs)

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7966#8 Looks like a destroyed web

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_7967#9 Last shot of the crab spider

Gram Blues (Euchrysops cnejus) - DSC_7976#10 A pair of sleeping beauties. Gram Blues, thanks to Khew for the ID 🙂

Longhorn Beetle (Epepeotes luscus) - DSC_7995#11 My favorite shot of a handsome Longhorn Beetle

DSC_8017#12 Mosquitoe??

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8026#13 Jumping Spider, my flash diffuser shapes becomes very visible in this pic

Caterpillar - DSC_8048#14 Emperor Cat (no thats not the real name)

Caterpillar - DSC_8054#15 Side view of the caterpillar

The complete album can be viewed here.
  1. Reply


    7 November 2010

    Hi Nicky!

    For #10, both the sleeping butts are Gram Blues. 🙂 Awesome macro shots! That Longhorn beetle face gets my vote!

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    Nicky Bay

    7 November 2010

    Hi! Was half expecting that you'd be the first to pop by to correct it. Updated, thanks a lot! 🙂



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