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Ogre-faced Spider/Net Casting Spider

Asianopis sp.

Description:

Have been seeing this Ogre-faced Spider often at my regular place since they tend to stay at one place unless disturbed. Pics #1, #2, #3 and #4 are of the same individual, large size for Spiders, around 1.5 cm from head to tail, and legs are very long. Pics #1, #2 and #3 were taken on the same day at early part of evening, when the Spider starts to come out, before constructing its web nettings. Pic #4 is of the same Spider on another day, with its web nettings ready to catch prey. Pic #5 is of a different Spider during day time, when it is resting/hiding and camouflaging among dead leaves/twigs or small branches.

Habitat:

Tropical forest

Notes:

This Spiders comes out in the open at night, constructing its web nettings (squarish in shape) and always facing towards a twig/branch where they waits for unsuspecting insect to walk pass. They don't seems to have successful hunt every night, in which case, they will consume the webbings before day break and goes back into hiding.

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19 Comments

spirited away
spirited away a week ago

so exciting! wonderful shots :)

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 3 weeks ago

Thanks, armadeus.4 for your kind words and support :)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 weeks ago

Congratulations on your SOTW Albert! Awesome shots and great notes. Thank you for sharing :)

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 3 weeks ago

Thanks, DrNamgyalTSherpa for your appreciation and kind words :)

DrNamgyalTSherpa
DrNamgyalTSherpa 3 weeks ago

Congtrats Albert for the SOTW! Another extraordinary on land piece by our under water nerd! Pl keep it up!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Ornithoptera80 :)

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 3 weeks ago

Congrats on the SOTW!

MichaelS
MichaelS 3 weeks ago

Hi Albert,

Congratulations, your spotting has been voted SOTW! Thank you for sharing detailed field notes on this wonderfully unique species. The Project Noah community looks forward to seeing your next nature discovery!

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Maria dB
Maria dB a month ago

Thanks so much, Albert!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang a month ago

Thanks, @Maria dB and @Neil Ross, this Spiders are quite amazing :), I have recently noticed one particular Spider that has taken some green colour, probably due to the tree trunk it is hunting on is a a bit mossy. Others are just grey and brown.


And yea, @Maria, feels free to share :D

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

OMG, those eyes! Maria is so right - it does look like an owl! Congrats on an awesome capture and your SOTW nomination, Albert :)

Maria dB
Maria dB a month ago

Wow - what a cool spotting! Never thought I would see a spider that looks like an owl! If it would be ok with you, I'd love to share one of the photos on my facebook page. Congratulations on this capture!

Machi
Machi a month 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
AlbertKang 3 months ago

Thanks, @Ingrid3 for your kind words and appreciation :)

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 3 months ago

WOW spectacular pics and natural history observations!!!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 3 months ago

Thanks, @SukanyaDatta, @Ava and @Mark for your kind words and appreciation.

Indeed the first impression I have when I took the close-up was the face of an Owl. Have been seeing them regularly, but usually not able to take this kind of close-up due to they already set-up their web nettings, but in this instance, was able to locate it just at night fall, before she came started constructing her webbings, and she is big size :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

Sukanya surely there are still some ogres in your area. lol.
These are amazing creatures with the shortest focal length eyes known. Great spotting Albert.. thanks.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 3 months ago

Fantastic spotting and notes Albert!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Looks more like an owl than an ogre, but then, I have never seen an ogre. Great shot...as always!

AlbertKang
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AlbertKang

Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Spotted on Apr 12, 2021
Submitted on Apr 13, 2021

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