Monday, February 18, 2013

Big eyes at Cape Tribulation

A couple of snaps from Cape Tribulation this week, featuring a couple of invertebrates with very impressive eyes.

A small Monkey Grasshopper (Biroella sp.). The large red compound eyes combined with the black pseudopupils give these grasshoppers a charasmatic appearance.

A Net-casting Spider (Deinopis subrufa) in the latter stages of producing an egg sac. The spider was continually turning the egg sac with her legs whilst adding silk in a dabbing motion with her spinnerets. Nest-casting Spiders are visual hunters. Two of their eyes are huge allowing them to accurately strike their prey with their net.

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