Looking around for bugs to photograph, I came across this which I assumed was a ladybird. On closer inspection, I thought it was a rather strange shape for a ladybird!
Turning the leaf around to reveal the front, I was surprised to see some menacing eyes and arms tucked underneath the ladybird shell! This one was a spider!
I`ve never seen a spider using this mimicry before and when I searched the net for a spider mimicing a ladybird, all I could come up with is information about a rare species which was almost extinct. That one (Eresus cinnaberinus) though is different from our spider here.
This spider appeared to be extremely clumsy and slow and when it tried to walk along the leaf, it overturned several times. The only thing that appeared to save it from falling off was its web.
Having posted photos of this online,
This fellow was seen crouching beneath a banana tree leaf in the morning . I left it there after my photo shoot. When I checked later that evening, it was still in the same place. I wonder how many more like this one exists in our backyard.
These images were obtained using a Minolta 100mm f2.8 lens with a Delta ringflash for lighting.