Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jumping Spider that Looks Like a Zebra Jumping Spider

About 1000 m above sea level in a hill forest, I came across this really tiny (about 2 mm) jumping spider that looked like a Zebra Jumping Spider. (Salticus scenicus), in Pahang, Malaysia.

White-banded tiny jumping spider
White-banded tiny jumping spider
However, I had confirmed with a professor in this field that this salticid is NOT Salticus scenicus. I wish someone can tell me what kind this beautiful spider is.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver, Nephila sp.

There are more than 150 species out of this genus. I found one that has a unique visual of the ventral view.

strange nephila sp
Strange Nephila sp (Strange Golden Silk Orb-Weaver)

When viewed from the underside, there is a human-like face and a rib-cage. The spider was found at 1000 m above sea level in the shrubs of the rain forest, Pahang, Selangor, Malaysia.

strange nephila sp

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Helopeltis cf. theivora, Miridae

A strange Mirid bug was found in the shrubs of the rain forest, Perak, Malaysia. The time of discovery was about 8 o'clock in the morning.

From afar, it appeared like a small crane fly. As I took a closer look, I realized the bug has an antenna-like structure on the scutellum.

helopeltis cf. theivora

But I noticed the almost-hidden proboscis and overlapped wings that I was quite sure it is a hemipteran. Further findings reveals bug of this genus are pests to crops such as tea plant and cocoa plant.

helopeltis cf. theivora
Helopeltis cf. theivora, Miridae.