01 Aug Spiders & Insects of Thailand Koh Samui 2017
Thailand offers a rich insects and spider fauna. There is a new discovery around every corner. It is crawling and flying and buzzing everywhere.
South East Asia is a paradise when you are looking for spiders and insects. Similar to Africa and South America you will find great diversity here. Spiders, beetles, mantises, flies and many more are competing with bursting colors and crazy forms.
Usually you will not find as many species on an island as on the mainland but they are highly specialized therefor.
In 2017 I was staying on Koh Samui in the gulf of Thailand for 2 weeks and was looking for subjects to photograph whenever I had some time to do so.
I did not find as many jumping spiders as I had expected but this was due to the fact that I was mainly looking in urban areas and did not explore the jungle.
The most interesting findings besides the usual jumpers were several mantids and ants.
Observing weaver ants building their characteristic nests was quite interesting – always avoiding to disturb them:
their mandibles are like little razorsharp blades that cut through skin and flesh like through butter.
It does not even hurt at first because the cuts are so fine but believe me, it will hurt later…
Here is a selection of what else I have encountered on Koh Samui, from jumping spiders to mantids, to strange creatures like the so called thrips.: