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The Peculiar Shaped Petai Flower

We were doing our usual roaming, looking for interesting arthropods, when a heavy object dropped from the sky and hit my arm. It appeared to be a flower, and had a peculiar shape that drew the awkward laugh and smiles in the group. I asked around and found that it was the Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa). I hope you find it as interesting too.... :)
    Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa) -
  1. Chris sportingly held the flower while I took a picture with my mobile phone (sorry for the image quality). Such a beauty isn't it???? Included a closeup of the stamen in the inset image. It was actually quite solid and felt heavy.

  2. Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa) - DSC_3238
  3. Close up of the petai flower's stamen

  4. Petai Flower (Parkia speciosa) - DSC_3237
  5. Close up of the whateveryoucallthatwhitethingy

  6. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3235
  7. I was trying to shoot this Jumping Spider (Salticidae) attacked by 2 mites when the flower hit me

  8. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3236
  9. The mite seems to have sucked a lot from the jumping spider!

  10. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3243
  11. More Jumping Spiders, lots of them so I just took some record shots.

  12. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_3246
  13. The area had a lot of different planthoppers. This one is often mistaken to be a cicada. Unfortunately it kept moving and flew off eventually before I could take a good photo

  14. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3247
  15. Yet another jmping spider!

  16. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3252
  17. Very cute Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae), but what's that red thing on top? Another mite?!

  18. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3257
  19. Yup, looks like another big fat mite with a good harvest

  20. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3258
  21. The Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) was so cute that I had to take more shots. Many would notice the "cross-eyed" look.

  22. Derbid Planthopper (Derbidae) - DSC_3264
  23. View from the top

  24. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_3267
  25. There were also many of these planthoppers with a long slender tail

  26. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_3269
  27. View from above

  28. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.) - DSC_3275
  29. Found this Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.) guarding her egg sac

  30. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.) - DSC_3279
  31. She remained motionless while I was fumbling around

  32. Lynx Spider (Hamataliwa sp.) - DSC_3288
  33. Typical pattern of a Hamataliwa

  34. Long-Legged Velvet Mite (Erythraeidae) - DSC_3290
  35. Chris spotted this Long-Legged Velvet Mite (Erythraeidae), refused to stop moving!

  36. Long-Legged Velvet Mite (Erythraeidae) - DSC_3293
  37. Eventually tried to hide under the vine

  38. Thrips (Thysanoptera) - DSC_3300
  39. There were also a bunch of Thrips (Thysanoptera) on the branch - a black one seemed to be way different from the rest

  40. Leafhopper nymph (Selenocephalinae) - DSC_3302
  41. Chris spotted this Leafhopper nymph (Selenocephalinae), very thin and unique looking!

  42. Leafhopper nymph (Selenocephalinae) - DSC_3307
  43. Dorsal view reveals a beautiful pattern and 2 lovely tails

  44. Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) - DSC_3319
  45. A really tiny Comb-Footed Spider (Theridiidae) found hiding under a leaf

  46. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3326
  47. A little Crested Lizard (Agamidae) ran up a stick behind me, and allowed us to shoot for over 10 minutes!

  48. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3326b
  49. Close up on the eye. Some said that it looked like an eclipse (remember Heroes?)

  50. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3328
  51. With full flash and a fast shutter, I would get the black, clean background

  52. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3331
  53. With a slower shutter and bigger aperture, I could get more colours in the background but with thinner depth of field

  54. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3358
  55. The Crested Lizard (Agamidae) was really cute when it posed

  56. Crested Lizard (Agamidae) - DSC_3361
  57. When I finally got the exposure correct, the Crested Lizard (Agamidae) started scrambling away

  58. Me shooting a crested lizard
  59. How I looked with my setup when trying to shoot the lizard. Photo ©2013 Chris Ang.

  60. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3367
  61. Chris found this male Jumping Spider (Salticidae)

  62. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3370
  63. Record shot of the dorsal view

  64. Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_3372
  65. Check out the eyes~~

  66. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3382
  67. This Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) had been on my wish list for quite a while. Always near me but I managed to miss it each time the rest shot it. This time, I was the only one shooting it!!

  68. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3385
  69. It had a pair of large, bulging eyes

  70. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3389
  71. This little fella had a habit of running to the edge of the leaf and resting there

  72. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3415
  73. Yup, just let your legs loose and relax

  74. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3425
  75. Other than the bulging eyes, this Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) has a dark blue sheen on the carapace

  76. Wolf Spider (Lycosidae) - DSC_3442
  77. Highlighting the bulging eyes

  78. Long Horn Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha dalyi) - DSC_3458
  79. The rest found this Long Horn Orb Weaver, not sure if it is a Gasteracantha dalyi

  80. Long Horn Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha dalyi) - DSC_3495
  81. Originally thought that it was a juvenile Macracantha arcuata, but guess not!

  82. Minute Litter Spider (Mysmenidae) - DSC_3503
  83. Tiny little Minute Litter Spider (Mysmenidae) found on the leaf litter

  84. Minute Litter Spider (Mysmenidae) - DSC_3508
  85. It was barely 2mm long!

  86. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_3512
  87. Also found this Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.)

  88. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_3517
  89. Camouflages itself perfectly on branches

  90. Litter Crab Spider (Borboropactus sp.) - DSC_3520
  91. Close up on the eyes

The complete album can be viewed here.

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