Monday, April 7, 2008

Spiders that made a visit to my house

Two spiders have kindly taken the initiative to visit me. Which is a good thing as I hardly have time to go for field trips recently.

This is the first one. It is about 4-5mm in length which legs that are dotted in black.

Here's the same spider with a scale. This is probably a Common Tiny House Dweller (Oecobius sp. ). I won't be surprise if it is true because they are commonly found at walls of car porches or balconies according "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh.

My brother told me another spider "flew" into his room. This one looks cute, green in colour with some red spots.

This is probably a Green Crab Spider (Dieta virens). According to "A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh., "Crab spiders move sideways, like crabs. The body is not as hairy as in most spiders. They are slow-moving spiders which do not actively hunt like Wolf Spiders. Instead, they remain stationary and await in ambush for some unsuspecting insects to land in front of them."

However this one does not move sideway and it moves quite fast. So is it still a green crab spider after all?

Anyway, thanks to Liana and Marcus for the above ids. If you are good with spiders, please help to confirm the ids ok? Thanks!

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