August 2005 — A Fine Spider

The long dry spell has finally broken: there was no rain at all from 26th July until 18th August, a period of 22 days without rain. Hopefully Sumatra had rain too, to quell the peat fires.

The impressive speciment on the right was seen on a web suspended between two nutmeg trees in Taman Sari, Rimbun Dahan. It is possibly Tetragnatha sp, a large genus containing many long spiders. Tends to be light coloured with a pale yellowish carapace, slightly darker legs, and the abdomen covered dorsally with small closely packed gold or silver coloured plates.