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The Tiny, Tiny Water Boatmen

The Water Boatman (Notonectidae) is also known as a backswimmer, precisely because they swim upside down on their backs. These tiny swimmers are not often noticed, as they swim underwater, unlike water striders and fishing spiders which skim across the water surface. The water boatman has a pair of powerful hind legs with long hairs modified for swimming - much like how humans use their legs in the breast stroke.

Water Boatman (Corixidae) - DSC_5132 #1 Water Boatman (Notonectidae) busy with it's backstroke. At the same time, it has captured a prey with it's fore legs!

Water Boatman (Corixidae) - DSC_5138 #2 Seemed to be having fun gliding beneath the surface?

Water Boatman (Corixidae) - DSC_5139 #3 Hairy hind legs slightly more visible in this picture

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_5052 #4 A grumpy-faced crab spider. Didn't look particularly excited to see us

Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_5053 #5 The abdomen was surprisingly colourful with tints of red, yellow and brown

DSC_5057 #6 Always wanted to get a nice shot of this horny pair, but alas they flew off before I could get a better shot :P

DSC_5063 #7 Beetle with lovely antennae

Golden Comb-footed Spider (Chrysso sp.) - DSC_5081 #8 Golden comb-footed spider (Chrysso sp.) with transparent abdomen

Golden Comb-footed Spider (Chrysso sp.) - DSC_5087 #9 It has this habit of flattening it's body on the underside of a leaf. Their way of taking cover perhaps?

Comb-footed Spider (Theridiidae) with Pseudoscorpion - DSC_5099 #10 Found this beautiful but super tiny crab spider with a prey

Comb-footed Spider (Theridiidae) with Pseudoscorpion - DSC_5103 #11 On closer inspection, the prey was a Pseudoscorpion! These guys are usually about 2-3mm long, so that gives us an idea on the size of the spider.

Comb-footed Spider (Theridiidae) with Pseudoscorpion - DSC_5118 #12 Front view showing the Pseudoscorpion in detail

Japanese Tiger Beetle (Cicindela japonica?) - DSC_5142 #13 Practice shot of a tiger beetle. Probably a Japanese Tiger Beetle.

Ant-mimic Crab Spider (Amyciaea lineatipes) - DSC_5147 #14 Ant-mimic Crab Spider (Amyciaea lineatipes) dangling on it's web

Red Tent Spider (Cyrtophora unicolor) - DSC_5155 #15 Red Tent Spider (Cyrtophora unicolor) often found in a massive, complicated web but this time it was out. Once we approached it, the big fella tried to play dead

Red Tent Spider (Cyrtophora unicolor) - DSC_5156 #16 Spinning on it's web

Red Tent Spider (Cyrtophora unicolor) - DSC_5177 #17 Still spinning, felt like a circus act

Red Tent Spider (Cyrtophora unicolor) - DSC_5170 #18 Landed on a green leaf, but didn't think it would be comfortable there

Red Tent Spider (Cyrtophora unicolor) - DSC_5188 #19 Finally settled down on a brown leaf. These spiders usually like to hide under a dead leaf in the middle of it's web

The complete album can be viewed here.
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