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Madagascar - Part VIII

 
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pbertner



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:31 pm    Post subject: Madagascar - Part VIII Reply with quote

Rhacophorid:



Sparassidae:



Leptogastrine robber fly:



Female giraffe weevil:



Male giraffe weevil:



Reduviid vs. reduviid:
Originally thought these two were mating but it appears the smaller is feeding on the larger



What have you gotten into?



Lobster jumping spider:



Robberfly with prey:



Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul
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ChrisRaper



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos again Paul - thanks for sharing. The smaller reduviid looks like a juvenile to me so it might be just piggy-backing on the parent? Just a thought.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome series. Love that lobster jumping spider.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The jumper steals the show for me.

The robber is also interesting.

All are very enjoyably and skillfully photographed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing photos and animals Paul, as always! The last shot -- the robber fly with the brown insect prey -- is of a Notiolaphria sp. -- certainly the first field photo of this interesting genus of Asilidae. (Don't know the ID of the unlucky prey item.)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much enjoyed photos! I think a lot of us would love to be where you are right now, Paul!

As to an ID of that robber fly's prey in the last pic: It looks like a termite to me.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all for the comments!

Eric thanks for the ID, always a great help.
Chris a different angle of photograph shows the proboscis actually entering the back of the larger reduviid, that and its sluggish behaviour would indicate a more sinister relationship.

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Paul
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