Saturday, July 16, 2011

Other Critters @ USR

These critters were pictured at Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park on 2 July - the day when many uncommon butterflies came out to prove that I should replace my 4-year old camera as mentioned in my previous post.

In the midst of shooting an orange skipper at a grass patch, a small critter with a long pair of antennae caught my intention. I am not sure if this is a kind of fly.
Along the same stretch of forest edge, another critter with an even longer pair of white-tipped antennae was "sleeping" on a tree stem. It looks like a kind of beetle to me. At last, I am quite sure of this dragonfly, a male Orchithemis pulcherrima was found perching along the forest fringe.While checking out a shady trail, this grasshopper flew past me and landed on the tree trunk. I may have encountered this species before but I am just too lazy to browse through my old shots. I leave it to Ming Kai to provide the name.A side view shot captured the forest greenery as the background.
This rather weird looking spider was maneuvering upwards in its web - too high for me to snap a frontal shot.
The geometrical patterns made by this small Orb-web spider is rather amazing. I believe this spider web network is strong enough to trap insects larger than the spider itself.


  1. The grasshopper is a Xenocatantops humilis.

  2. I chanced on your blog. Congratulations on your absolutely stunning insect photographs. What camera and lens do you use? The unidentified fly is a braconid wasp. The beautiful beetle with the disproportionately long antennae is a cerambycid beetle. Please reply to

  3. Thanks Mohan for your ids and kind words.
    I use Nikon D200 and Tamron 180 f3.5 Macro + SB800