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Two

Posted: September 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

Two is better than one.

There is a time to wander.

And then there is a time when the wind stops blowing,

we fall to the ground and

began to grow.

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My name is Ant. Give me a hug.

One of my best loved mimic spiders is the the ant mimicking jumping spider Mymarachne maxillosa.  It doesn’t have as beautiful a colour as the Wide Jawed Viciria, but it does have such an endearing expression.

Picking its teeth?

Picking its teeth?

We found this individual (amongst plenty others) in between banana leaves webbed together in the park.Ant Mimic spider

Getting one to stop and pose for the camera however was a really tough challenge.  We literally had the spider crawling all over us for such a long time before we could get it to stay in the web it had made and relax for a bit.Ant Mimic spider2

This spider mimics the ant’s scurrying movement across the leaves, waves its first pair of feet in the air like a pair of ant feelers and is also the same colour as the ant it is trying to mimic below.  What a brilliant disguise!:ant that spider is trying to mimic

Now don’t you wanna give Ant a big hug?

Hazing sleepily through the first weekend of shooting after starting a full week of commuting 3 hours daily on the ever popular SBS bus alternating between trying not to collapse on the person next to me and trying not to throw up from all the braking and surging like a small dive boat riding the Fremantle waves, we happily came across a Wide Jawed Viciria, which somewhat resembles a Scorpion.

Wider Jawed viciria (Viciria praemandibularis)

Wider Jawed viciria (Viciria praemandibularis)

The Wide Jawed Viciria comes under the family of Jumping Spiders (Salticidae).  Jumping spiders are a hit with nature photographers.  Wow, they’ll give you a million great poses.  They could scratch their armpits and still look glamorous.  In the photo above, the spider is drumming on the leaf.

The most photogenic spider in the natural world

The most photogenic spider in the natural world

Here our model is looking demure by clasping its “hands” together like a formal portrait while directing its famed “headlights” gaze gently at the camera.  Oh by the way, our model is male.Wider Jawed viciria (Viciria praemandibularis)jpg2

Over here the spider is doing the tango, putting its weight on one side and then quickly on the other side and back again.

Getting ready to jump!

Getting ready to jump!

Our eager model also provides great action shots.  Here it is above, getting ready to do the action that gives the Salticidae its name: JUMP! And jump it did, multiple times onto… my partner’s lens hood.  Look at the back legs bunch up ready to provide it with the force to jump a distance so many times its own body length it’s like us jumping over an entire HDB estate.

Hmmm.... what kind of disguise might this be?

Hmmm…. what kind of disguise might this be?

Other than the typical poses, the Viciria also does this strange yoga like pose when disturbed.  Though I don’t know what on earth it’s trying to mimic.  Wider Jawed viciria (Viciria praemandibularis)ipg3

Next time you’re out wandering in the park, do keep an eye out for this great looking fellow!  It likes to hang out under leaves, literally, just like these good looking fellows of the bat persuasion:bsts

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Finally after that many years, I’ve come across the second Pygmy Posy in the field.  The first that I saw at Upper Seletar Reservoir was tattered and worn.  In spite of that, the little fella didn’t hang around after being disturbed and I didn’t get a record shot.

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This time however, this particularly pristine and friendly Pygmy Posy which looked like it had just come out into the world from its cocoon hung around docilely around the same plant where I’d first seen my first Pygmy.

[Afternote: This turned out to be a very small Common Posy posing as a Pygmy Posy… oh well…To understand the difference between the two, check out the thread here: http://www.butterflycircle.com/forums/showthread.php?p=110445#post110445

After Afternote: This is actually a female Pygmy Posy, not a very small Common Posy as previously thought… who would’ve known!?!?].

Prelude to Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Pin Cushion Hearts

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Juicy Heart?  Interesting shape? Yes?

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Mysterious Heart

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Purple Hearts

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Sunny Heart

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Hairy Heart? 😀

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The Beast with Flowers

Posted: January 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Came across an odd looking spider today.  See if you can make out the old man’s face with beard, hat, complete with mouth open in a half-howl.

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And now for more of those on the other extreme of aesthetic beauty.

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Some of the more vivid colours at Sentosa Flowers…

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The orchids are still holding up after the hard rains the past week.

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More dreamy colours…

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Managed to get a much better shot of the yellow orchids during the overcast morning.  The sun was covered with a light grey gauze of clouds making flower photography a breeze.

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The light was even especially easy on the supporting cast of flowers.

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I really like the light pink ones.

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A walk in Central Catchment Reserves chanced an encounter with a rare Giant Hawker, TeTracanthagyna plagiata, an immature female of South East Asia’s largest species of dragonfly.  It’s hard to imagine a dragonfly the length of 10cm until you actually see it perched in this manner on a small tree.

The remarkable wings and grotesque size make it hard to miss (when you actually spot it).  Yet when it takes off in flight in the shade of the forest cover, it moves like a flitting ghost, weightless and without sound.

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During the long Chinese New Year weekend, we had the luxury of heading down to Sentosa to photograph some of orchids on display.

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