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Poltys elevatus

Poltys elevatus


Saw this 'Twig' looking Spider during a night walk. It has constructed its webbing to catch its prey, our lights attracted the Moth, which flew into the webs. Pics #1, #2 and #3 shows the sequence of it catching a Moth. Pic #4 shows close up of it with its tiny eyes. Pics #5 & #6 shows it resting on a twig to camouflage perfectly.


Tropical forest.

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AlbertKang 5 months ago

Thanks, @Leuba :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 months ago

Great photos - amazing mimicry !

AlbertKang 5 months ago

Thanks, @Mark, @Zlatan and @Maria for your kind words and appreciation :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 months ago

What an unusual spider! Thanks for sharing this spotting.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 months ago

wow! weird one - but great spotting.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 months ago

Great series Albert.

Like a creepy version of 'Thing' from the Addams Family.

AshleyT 5 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

AlbertKang 5 months ago

Thanks, @Michael, @doreen and @Hema for your kind words and appreciation :)

Hema 5 months ago

This is unbelievable!

doreen.chambers.14 6 months ago

I agree, really nice images. Cool information.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 6 months ago

Great Series AlbertKang ! I have never seen a spider like it. Very cool find!!

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Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 5.12, Long: 116.89

Spotted on Jan 5, 2019
Submitted on Jan 24, 2019

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