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A real beauty of a creepy crawly today, made more scary as it was shot in the stairwell of a Tai Peng house; an excellently framed, sharp and detailed photo by Chris Hall, who doesn't seem to scare easily; he estimated it at 3 inches across, leg tip to leg tip!

This must be quite a rare specimen and we've got no idea what it's called, popularly or scientifically. Anyone can help?


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Probably a Brown Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria.

See: http://www.redorbit.com/education/reference_library/arachnids/brown_huntsman_spider/4257/index.html
http://eugenecambodia.blogspot.com/2010/04/unwanted-guest.html

Quote: "Brown Huntsman Spiders do not spin webs. They are known to hunt for food by waiting quietly on a vertical surface and then rushing forward to attack when the prey is within range. Their exceptional agility and speed and ability to squeeze through tight spaces gives them a big advantage in capturing prey and also evading predators.
They feed at night and are welcome in many homes as they feed on pests such as silverfish and cockroaches. Although they are fearsome in appearance, they are easily alarmed and will often flee rapidly."


They can get up to 5 inches wide, hand-size, so I really love the part about "... welcome in many homes as they feed on pests such as silverfish and cockroaches."

Any Lammaite who keeps one alive as a pest killer pet?

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Spotted one of these squished on the path outside Beer Garden last week (nothing to do with me guv'nor)

I hope they are not common on Lamma as I'd be seriously unhappy if one of these took up residence in my apartment!


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Two more great shots from Ewa:

I've had exactly the same caterpillar (2nd photo) on my rooftop a few weeks back and have seen these beautiful (fake) blue eyes before.

What will this turn into? A moth quite common on Lamma, I believe?

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Photo from today, inside the Lo So Shop these critters were crawling all over our table. I don't think I've ever seen them before.

Anybody know what they are? They seemed to like my sweet coffee....


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Another Huntsman Spider (body about 1 inch long) having a really big brunch this morning on a 1.5 inch-long cockroach, from the mobile phone camera of Sean Creamer who found this scene on his flat's door frame when leaving for work this Monday morning:


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Hearing about this wildlife photo opportunity via Facebook, Howard immediately rushed out to do some closeup shots just this morning, and I mean REALLY REALLY close, see below! He titled the photos:

"Sean and Lauren have a spider trained to kill Roaches and here it is :)"

Applications to adopt a Lamma Huntsman Spider for YOUR home - this one might have babies soon after such a huge meal! - and solve any roach-killing needs you might have, please apply to Sean & Lauren directly.


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Submitted by Christine Ho, on the path to Pak Kok, taken yesterday, May 19, 2012:


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These are millipedes (more legs than centipedes)


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Anyone heard of a stinkbug that bites causing a raised rash and blisters, I knocked one off my arm and recognised the smell, over a week later and the itchy spots have nearly gone.


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Submitted by Icey Javier, shot INSIDE a flat:


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Submitted by Icey Javier, shot INSIDE a flat:


Personally I like all kinds of insects and spiders and find them fascinating (although cockroaches freak me out for some reason!)

That centipede looks pretty scary though!! I've never seen one of those. How big was it?

Reminds me of that creature in the movie 'The Tingler' with Vincent Price! Scared me shitless as a child.


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Tigger wrote:
That centipede looks pretty scary though!! I've never seen one of those. How big was it?

The body only was about 3-4 centimeters long, 1.5 inches, according to Icey who found it scurrying it on the floor. As a typical Lamma Lady, she didn't freak out, but grabbed her mobile to take not just 1, but 2 shots to show us.

I was freaked out much more when, as a Lamma Newbie, one of these critters hid in my bathroom towel and dropped onto my naked shoulder when I stepped out of the shower and grabbed the towel. I didn't get a photo back then....

I think this is the young version of the pretty common, several inches-long centipedes on Lamma, the ones with the shaggy legs that can crawl up walls, but are not quite as aggressive and poisonous as the short-legged yellow-black centipedes that look much creepier than this one. I've got a recent photo I took in here somewhere....
Ah, found it, higher up in this very topic, about 10 inches long including legs, crawling up a tiled Village house wall just outside our flat.

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This has been identified already 9 years ago in this forum:
Centipede? Cockcroach? Freak Of Nature??

Scutigera Coleoptrata, also called the American House Centipede colloquially, so they seem to like it indoors and not just common in SE Asia, but also in warmer regions of the US...

A good description of their eating and mating habits can be found here:
http://work.colum.edu/~cshaw/scutigera.php

"Icey's Centipede" is the current Lamma Wildlife Photo of the Day on the home page, crawling up the right column. This should give people something to consider before moving here. If you're worried about all types of our local wildlife, outside AND inside - mosquitoes, snakes, centipedes, wild boars, feral dogs, almost-feral druggies, etc. - then maybe Lamma is not for you....

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
This should give people something to consider before moving here. If you're worried about all types of our local wildlife, outside AND inside - mosquitoes, snakes, centipedes, wild boars, feral dogs, almost-feral druggies, etc. - then maybe Lamma is not for you....


I agree.... people should really read this paragraph first before moving here.

OK.. I'm just trying to deter people from Lamma to keep the 'rents' down :-)


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
A real beauty of a creepy crawly today, made more scary as it was shot in the stairwell of a Tai Peng house; an excellently framed, sharp and detailed photo by Chris Hall, who doesn't seem to scare easily; he estimated it at 3 inches across, leg tip to leg tip!

This must be quite a rare specimen and we've got no idea what it's called, popularly or scientifically. Anyone can help?


I have this one at home. About 4 inches. It gets scared and runs away from footsteps. I'm keeping it around to eat some bugs. Keeping a lizard around as well. Still thinking of a name for my new pets.

There are a handful of black-orange spiders with intricate webs outside of my place. Can't wait to see them catch something.


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I see a lot of these long leggety beasties in the Tai Peng community garden hurrying away when I expose rotting logs etc. I had heard that they are technically scutigeromorphs rather than centipedes, but wo'ever. I have to confess that I used to kill centipedes on sight, but now welcome them as cockroach eaters, as long as they stay in the garden and don't invade my living space.


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Keeping a lizard around as well. Still thinking of a name for my new pets.


I had an enormous spider that once lived in my flat (think the cats finally got him) that I named Benjamin.

This spider used to freak my friends out when he made an appearance on the living room wall. I used to find it highly amusing to introduce him as 'Benjamin my pet spider' to my city dweller mates :-)


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A lucky shot from my recent South Lamma hike, a Praying Mantis having an afternoon snack on one of the abundant but extremely skittish butterflies fluttering all over South Lamma these days.

The butterfly (or moth) had bright-red eyes and was devoured by the Mantis upside down, pretty undisturbed by me trying to get really close, even flashing the scene.

The butterfly has been identified by The Shy Stick Insect Hunter:
Common Red Eye (Matapa aria), commonly named Skipper.


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By Howard Sheard:


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More amazing shots by Gap Hung, master of "Stereographic Projection" Photos of the Day.

He's getting seriously into Macro photography now. (Sorry, the links are Facebook-only.)

Sorry, no idea what species these two spiders are, but some of our forum members will surely know?


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