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Flower Crab Spider (Thomisus labefactus, Thomididae)

Crab spider is a common name applied loosely to many species of spiders, but most consistently to members of the family Thomisidae.
 
Thomisidae do not build webs to trap prey, though all of them produce silk for drop lines and sundry reproductive purposes; some are wandering hunters and the most widely known are ambush predators. Some species sit on or beside flowers or fruit, where they grab visiting insects.
 
Rationalisation for the name crab spider is generally subjective and anecdotal. It is commonly said to refer to a fancied resemblance to crabs, or to the way such spiders hold their two front pairs of legs, or their ability to scuttle sideways or backwards.


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Flower Crab Spider (Thomisus labefactus, Thomididae)

Crab spider is a common name applied loosely to many species of spiders, but most consistently to members of the family Thomisidae.

Thomisidae do not build webs to trap prey, though all of them produce silk for drop lines and sundry reproductive purposes; some are wandering hunters and the most widely known are ambush predators. Some species sit on or beside flowers or fruit, where they grab visiting insects.

Rationalisation for the name crab spider is generally subjective and anecdotal. It is commonly said to refer to a fancied resemblance to crabs, or to the way such spiders hold their two front pairs of legs, or their ability to scuttle sideways or backwards.

Flower Crab Spider (Thomisus labefactus, Thomididae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Lynx Spider (Hamadruas sikkimensis, Oxyopidae) male (top) and female (below)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Straight-banded Treebrown (Lethe verma, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Straight-banded Treebrown (Lethe verma, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

Straight-banded Treebrown (Lethe verma, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Longhorn Beetle (Olenecamptus taiwanus, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Longhorn Beetle (Olenecamptus taiwanus, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Crepuscular Hawk Moth (Nephele hespera, Macroglossinae, Sphingidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Crepuscular Hawk Moth (Nephele hespera, Macroglossinae, Sphingidae)

Crepuscular Hawk Moth (Nephele hespera, Macroglossinae, Sphingidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus sp., Apinae, Apidae)

This genus of bees parasitises other bees’ nests, i.e. they don’t build their own nests but lay their eggs in the nests of other bee species.
Apart from their brilliant colours, they also adopt this strange roosting behaviour as evening approaches, tightly grasping the ends of twigs and grass tips with their jaws to rest.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus sp., Apinae, Apidae)

This genus of bees parasitises other bees’ nests, i.e. they don’t build their own nests but lay their eggs in the nests of other bee species.
Apart from their brilliant colours, they also adopt this strange roosting behaviour as evening approaches, tightly grasping the ends of twigs and grass tips with their jaws to rest.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Final Instar Great Mormon Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio memnon, Papilionidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Robber Fly (Asilidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Robber Fly (Asilidae)

Robber Fly

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Katydid Nymph (Olcinia or Sathrophyllia sp., Cymatomerini, Pseudophyllinae, Tettigonidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Weevil (Curculionidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Weevil (Curculionidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Limacodidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Nolid Moth Caterpillar (Chloephorinae, Nolidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Nolid Moth Caterpillar (Chloephorinae, Nolidae)

Nolid Moth Caterpillar (Nolidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae, Erebidae)

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Male Scoliid Flower Wasp (Campsomeris sp., Scoliidae)


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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Male Scoliid Flower Wasp (Campsomeris sp., Scoliidae)

Male Scoliid Flower Wasp (Campsomeris sp., Scoliidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Life Stages of the Great Mormon Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio memnon, Papilionidae)

(click on images for descriptions in captions)

In its first four instars, the Great Mormon caterpillars look like bird droppings as they rest on the leaves. The resemblance in the 3rd and 4th instars are stronger with the body also assuming a slimy appearance. As in the case of all Swallowtail butterflies, the Great Mormon caterpillars in all instars possess a fleshy organ called the osmeterium in the prothoracic segment. Usually hidden, the osmeterium can be everted to emit a foul-smelling secretion when the caterpillar is threatened.
The fifth and final instar caterpillar is dramatically different, bearing snake-eye like eyespots as a defensive strategy against potential predators.

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Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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