The places where I went to, as mentioned in my last post, had so many spiders and butterflies that I decided to have a separate post for them. I was amazed by the diverse species of spiders in Taman Negara. I also learnt many new things about each species, and their unique characteristics.
The first spider we saw was on the trail to the Canopy Walk from Mutiara Resort. It was the beautiful Golden Silk Orb-Weaver (genus Nephila). We were very lucky to see it 3 times in different places, one spinning its intricate web, and I have captured it on video for all to enjoy!
I loved the way it ejected silk from its abdomen, and pulled it with its legs into a zig-zag pattern. I did not realize this until I watched the video- but it was mating as well! Mating can take a long time for this species. The tiny spider you see ( in the video if you observe closely) on the top of the spider is the male. It is often seen lurking on the edges of the web, feeding on small insects that the female may have ignored!
Please double click on the photos in the blogpost to see them enlarged:
This is a St.Andrews Cross Spider (Genus Argiope) whose web not too far from the Orb Weaver’s. We saw this in Lata Berkoh, near a beautiful cascade of water on Sungei Tahan river. I loved its vibrant yellow color!
This stunning spider, a Long-horned Spiny Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha)is one of a kind, with it’s horns and spines. It was an amazing sight!
We saw this very shy spider on the forest floor with thin long legs and a bluish body.
A sub-adult female or adult of the Singapore Blue (Lampropelma violaceopes) that we saw during the night walk that peered at us from a tree trunk! Our guide told us that spiders that spin webs are not poisonous (though some of them may bite). The spiders that don’t spin webs are the poisonous ones.
See if you can spot this striped spider that is camouflaged on the tree! It is the Tree Trunk Spider.
This is an unusual spider that even the guide couldn’t recognise. He called it the ‘scorpion spider’!
This has been a great learning experience for me, both observing various kinds of spiders as well as compiling this post. Thanks for reading! Now for the butterflies and moths in the next one!