5/2014 – Rainforest, Singapore Botanic Gardens (15 Feb 2014)

I joined my friend, Sharon, who led an Informal Macro Outing to one of the oldest remnants of primary rainforest in Singapore at Singapore Botanic Gardens this morning.

(Group photo)

(Group photo)

We spotted many spitting spiders. Spitting spiders are members of the family Scytodidae. They catch their prey by spitting a fluid that contains both venom and spider silk. The spider usually strikes from a distance of 10–20 mm and the whole attack sequence is over in a little under 1/700th of a second. Here is a spitting spider having an ant as breakfast.

(Spitting spider with ant as prey)

(Spitting spider with ant as prey)

After making the capture, the spider will typically bite the prey with venomous effect, and wrap it in the normal spider fashion with silk from the spinnerets as shown below:

(Wrap its prey with its spitting silk)

(Wrap its prey with its spitting silk)

Here is probably a male spitting spider guarding its egg sac. Could you spot the smaller female nearby?

(Spitting spider guarding its egg sac)

(Spitting spider guarding its egg sac)

Due to the dry spell, beside spitting spiders, we found very few other subjects. Here are record shots of 2 common dragonflies which I would often gave them a miss when there are other attractive insects to photograph.

(Lathrecista asiatica, male)

(Lathrecista asiatica, male)

(Neurothemis fluctuans, immature male)

(Neurothemis fluctuans, immature male)

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