Monday, June 28, 2010

Venus Drive, 28 June 2010

An awesome (and also my first) trip to Venus Drive with James. We were greeted by frogs scattered along the pavement..

..and many of them scrambled off (literally) when we shone our torch at them unknowingly.

James pointed out to me a Common Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax).

We sighted a couple of spiders throughout the trip, all of which I have never seen before. According to James, this is possibly a female Huntsman Spider Heteropoda venatoria, identifiable from the white bar across its face.

Lynx spider (Family: Oxyopidae).

Lynx spider

My first sighting of a forest weevil. It is gigantic compared to the rice weevil I'm only too familiar with (don't ask why).

With its friend, the millipede (which appears to be in season)

The identity of which I don't yet know, this spider doesn't look like most of its relatives! The 'bundle' at the top looks like it could be an egg casing. Commonly called the Whip Spider (Argyrodes, formerly Ariamnes sp.) (thanks James and Russell).

My first sighting of a forest cockroach, and boy do I love this! Far more adorable than its counterpart from America.

James checked on a bee hive found on his previous trips, but discovered with much dismay that alas, it has been destroyed and broken into pieces. I wonder what happened.

Even as we have little remaining forest patches in Singapore, there is much wildlife if only we take the time to discover them. In the next half-hour or so, we saw much amazing stuff! First up, another species of forest cockroach.

Possibly a huntsman spider (Family: Sparassidae) again (thanks James).

Common two-tailed spider (Hersilia sp.).

A caterpillar wrapped in its cocoon, which looks interestingly prickly!

Cute fungus which I was unable to get a good shot of.

According to James, this could be a Garden Orb Weaver Spider (Family: Araneidae). Could it be an Australian garden orb weaver spider?

The highlight of the trip must be this cricket chewing on its meal - a caterpillar! It was my first sighting so I was really excited, and thanks to James I managed to get decent shots of the action :D

A queer looking beetle accompanied with a tiny green bug, a springtail (thanks James), on its left, a most delightful sight indeed.

Something I've never seen before nor imagined its existence of, the terrestrial flatworm (Phylum: Platyhelminthes)! Now, I've seen and heard of millipedes, slugs, centipedes and even earthworms, but not terrestrial flatworms!

Last but not least, a pretty moth.

Singapore may be beyond tiny but we still have much biodiversity, with amazing ones aplenty. Am surely looking forward to more terrestrial fieldtrips!


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  2. Hi Chun Fong, the terrestrial flatworm belongs to the Bipalium genus. The spider on the fern is possibly a huntsman (Sparassidae). The spider in the image above the lynx spider is a huntsman spider (maybe a female Heteropoda venatoria from the white bar across the face). The "garden spider" is a total mystery to me other than it is probably an orb weaver (Araneidae). The tiny green bug next to the beetle is a springtail.

  3. Hi Chun
    Great to see you getting out and about with your camera at night, the more exploring I do at night the more I realise we live in two worlds, day world and night world and each has its treasures. That terrestrial flatworm is a beauty and your chunky little spider certainly looks like a garden orb weaver.
    Your long thin spider looks like a whip spider Ariamnes sp. They are nocturnal spiders that hunt with a single thread at night like the one in the photo but I must admit I know little about spiders.
    Thanks for sharing your field trip with us!