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About Dr. Tan Ji

Dr. Tan Ji is a molecular taxonomist who is very curious about the genetic relatedness from one organism to the other. By looking at DNA (which is present in all organisms), he was able to understand and unravel the phylogeny of various organisms including seaweeds, mushrooms, insects and spiders. Known to be very passionate in Macro Photography, Dr. Tan is determined to flood this site with up-close-and-personal photos of wildlife encountered. He has also established an educative site on Macro Photography called PixelsDimension.

Lycosidae- Wolf Spiders

Wolf Spiders look nothing like wolves, but most of them sure are efficient hunters! Wolf Spiders are mostly ground-dwelling, and are largely abundant in parks to gardens to forests. These spiders have eyes that are arranged in three rows, and the females can often be seen carrying their egg sacs as well as their young […]

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Araneidae- Orb Web Spiders [Page 2]

Also known as the Orb Weaver Spiders, spiders within the family Araneidae are usually the ones you most commonly find in your garden although they do occur in many other places with foliages too. These spiders in general spin spiral-wheel type webs that are used for a number of functions, most notably to catch prey.

Orb […]

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Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids

Members of the Order Orthoptera are diverse, including those commonly known as grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and locusts; many of which are capable of flying and are thus widely distributed throughout the world. These insects rely heavily on sound and vibration to locate individuals, particularly for mating.
Some of the characteristics of Orthopterans include a long and strong hindlegs (for […]

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Hersilidae- Two-Tailed Spiders

Hersilidae- Two-Tailed Spiders
Two-Tailed spiders, as the name suggests, have extraordinary long “tails” which are actually part of the spider’s web-spinning structure. These spiders, also known as Tree Trunk Spiders, are often found on tree trunks and walls of abandoned buildings.
Hersilia spiders are extraordinarily good at camouflaging themselves on tree trunks, where they simply press their […]

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Geckos

Gekkota- Geckos
Geckos are lizards which are usually found in warm regions, where the most common ones can often be found within houses. Geckos often occur in sizes between 1-60cm, and are mostly nocturnal. These tiny lizards have excellent eyesights which are highly adaptable to ambient light.
Most geckos do not possess eyelids and thus do not blink: they clean their […]

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Iguania- Iguanian Lizards

Iguania is a suborder of Squamata (lizards and snakes) which includes iguanas, chameleons, agamids, and New World Lizards. However, most of these reptiles except agamids do not occur naturally in Malaysia. Iguanians generally live on trees and possess primitively fleshy, non-grasping tongues, and are believed to be closely related to snakes.
Iguanian lizards in Malaysia are generally small to […]

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Lizards- An Introduction

Lizards represent a big group of reptiles, typically with legs and scales on their body which make them vastly different from snakes. Lizards can range from the tiny common House Geckos to huge Monitor Lizards. Although often portrayed or named somewhat similar to dinosaurs, lizards are not descendants of dinosaurs which became extinct 65 million […]

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Hemiptera- Bugs

Hemiptera is an order of insects commonly known as true bugs, which includes cicadas, stink bugs, leafhoppers, planthoppers, aphids, ladybugs, lanturn bugs and many more. Although bugs may vary greatly from one another, they all display similar mouthparts. All bugs possess a proboscis capable of penetrating plant tissue to suck sap.

Learn more about bugs below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pholcidae- Daddy-Long-Legged Spiders

Spiders of the family Pholcidae are often called Daddy-Long-Legged Spiders because they have a tiny body but very long legs. These spiders are not to be mistaken with harvestmen which are not spiders. Most common pholcids are found in corners of houses, where they build messy, 3-dimensional cobwebs.

Learn more about Pholcids below:

 

 

 

** Identification of the […]

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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