Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hymenoptera- Ants, Bees, Hornets & Wasps

Hymenopterans include the largest orders of insects, ranging from ants, bees, hornets, wasps to sawflies. Many of these insects have evolved efficient to downright bizarre body parts e.g. mouth-parts or stingers which serve various purposes. However, despite the extensive range of morphology, these insects have, at certain stages, unique wing structures where the hind-wings are attached […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Insects|Comments Off on Hymenoptera- Ants, Bees, Hornets & Wasps

Oxyopidae- Lynx Spiders

Spiders of the family Oxyopidae are generally hunters that rely on speed and agility to hunt for preys, commonly known as Lynx Spiders. They have unique eye arrangement of 8 that somewhat forms a circle on the “head”. However, they are usually recognized by the presence of spines spatially arranged on the legs, giving a […]

By |January 15th, 2015|Spiders|Comments Off on Oxyopidae- Lynx Spiders

Tetragnathidae- Big-Jawed Spiders

Spiders  of the family Tetragnathidae can be found in a wide range of places, including parks, forests, streams and swamps. Although termed Big-Jawed Spiders, these arachnids do not necessarily have big jaws, but they do come in a wide range of weird forms and bizarre colours, simply amazing!

Tetragnathid spiders are web-builders, and possess fine hairs on their 4th […]

By |January 13th, 2015|Spiders|Comments Off on Tetragnathidae- Big-Jawed Spiders

Pisauridae- Nursery-Web Spiders

Nursery-Web Spiders are so-called due to their habits of building 3-Dimensional Nursery Webs for their spherical egg sacs. These moderately large spiders are often found in shaded areas within parks, gardens, mangroves and mountains, and can often be seen waiting for prey on foliages and twigs. Some Pisaurids are known to hunt near ponds or streams and are […]

By |January 9th, 2015|Spiders|Comments Off on Pisauridae- Nursery-Web Spiders

Scytodidae- Spitting Spiders

Spitting Spiders are some of the most bizarre spiders of the world, having only 6 eyes instead of the usual 8, and most notably their unique way of spitting sticky, venomous fluids onto preys to trap them before going in for the kill!

These spiders are active during the night, and are often very slow-moving.

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Diplopoda- Millipedes

Millipedes may look similar to Centipedes but they are different in many ways. Derived from the Latin words “mille (thousand)” and “pes (legs)”, millipedes have two pair of legs per segment of the body, which adds up to a lot considering the large number of segments. Nevertheless, the number of legs of millipedes rarely exceed 400 […]

By |January 9th, 2015|Others|Comments Off on Diplopoda- Millipedes