Asia - Spiders, Critters & Other Insects

On this page you will find pictures of spiders, critters and insects, other than butterflies and moths, photographed by me at Bali (Indonesia) and in China and Thailand.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name
in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Thailand Black Tarantula - Haplopelma minax
  2. Brown Huntsman - Bananenspin
  3. Huntsman Spider sp. - Heteropoda sp.
  4. Huntsman Spider sp. - Jachtkrabspin sp.
  5. Wolf Spider sp. - Wolfspin sp.
  6. Doria's Spiny Spider - Gasteracantha doriae
  7. Golden Orb Weaver sp. - Nephila sp.
  8. Golden Orb Weaver sp. - Nephila pilipes
  9. Long-jawed Orb Weaver sp. - Leucauge sp.
  10. Long-jawed Orb Weaver sp. - Tetragnathidae sp.
  11. Tiger Spider sp. - Tijgerspin sp. (Argiope sp.)
  12. Nursery Web Spider sp. - Kraamwebspin sp.
  13. Giant Ant-Like Jumper - Myrmarachne maxillosa
  14. Jumping Spider sp. - Hyllus diardi
  15. Jumping Spider sp. - Springspin sp.
  16. Jumping Spider sp. - Springspin sp.
  17. Banded Phintella - Phintella vittata
  18. Multi-coloured Phintella - Phintella versicolor
  19. Pygmy Grasshopper sp. - Doornsprinkhaan sp.
  20. Monkey Grasshopper sp. - Eumastacidae sp.
  21. Brown-spotted Locust - Cyrtacanthacris tatarica
  22. Meadow Katydid sp. - Spitskopje sp.
  23. Scarlet Dwarf - Nannophya pygmaea
  24. Unidentified Dragonfly - Onbekende Libel
  25. Crimson Marsh Glider - Trithemis aurora
  26. Rufous Marsh Glider - Rhodothemis rufa
  27. Scarlet Skimmer - Oostelijke Vuurlibel
  28. Fulvous Forest Skimmer - Neurothemis fulvia
  29. Common Parasol - Neurothemis fluctuans
  30. Ramburi Red Parasol - Neurothemis ramburii
  31. Straight-edged Red Parasol - Neurothemis terminata
  1. Red-faced Skimmer - Orthetrum chrysis
  2. Orange Skimmer - Orthetrum testaceum
  3. Slender Skimmer - Orthetrum sabina
  4. Slender Blue Skimmer - Orthetrum luzonicum
  5. Common Flangetail - Ictinogomphus decoratus meleanops
  6. Ground Skimmer - Diplacodes trivialis
  7. Yellow Featherlegs - Copera marginipes
  8. Clear-winged Forest Glory - Vestalis gracilis
  9. Asian Damselfly sp. - Vestalis luctuosa
  10. Green Metalwing - Neurobasis chinensis
  11. Asian Damselfly sp. - Euphaea masoni
  12. Asian Damselfly sp. - Heliocypha fenestrata cornelii
  13. Black Threadtail - Prodasineura autumnalis
  14. Pygmy Dartlet - Agriocnemis pygmaea
  15. Millipede sp. - Pacidesmus shelleyi
  16. Asian Weaver Ant - Oecophylla smaragdina
  17. Scarab-hunter Wasp sp. - Campsomeriella collaris
  18. Lesser Banded Hornet - Vespa affinis
  19. Asian Honey Bee - Aziatische Honingbij
  20. Carpenter Bee - Reuzen Houtbij
  21. Blow Fly sp. - Vleesvlieg sp.
  22. Long-legged Fly sp. - Slankpootvlieg sp.
  23. Stag Beetle sp. - Vliegend Hert sp.
  24. Jewel Beetle sp. - Prachtkever sp.
  25. Leaf Beetle sp. (1) - Bladhaantje sp.
  26. Leaf Beetle sp. (2) - Bladhaantje sp.
  27. Longhorn Beetle sp. - Boktor sp.
  28. True Bug sp. - Tessaratomidae sp.
  29. True Bug sp. - Dindymus sp.
  30. True Bug sp. - Notobitus sp.
  31. Red Leafhopper sp. - Bothrogonia indistincta
Thailand Black Tarantula
Haplopelma minax
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010
Brown Huntsman
Bananenspin
(Heteropoda venatoria)
Khao Yai area, Thailand
1 January 2010

Huntsman Spider sp.
Jachtkrabspin sp. (Heteropoda sp)
Cheow Lan Lake Jungle, Khao Sok NP, Thailand
24 January 2013

According to Dr. Peter Jaeger, the German spider expert, whom I consulted about this species, there are many Heteropoda species in South-East Asia (220 and still counting). It is possible that this is H. schwendingeri or the common H. tetrica or even another Heteropoda sp. Both aforementioned species have an impressive legspan of up to 23 cm in males and 17 cm in females, about the size of the one on my photo.

Huntsman Spider sp.
Jachtkrabspin sp.
(Sparassidae sp.)

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011

According to Dr. Peter Jaeger, the German expert on spiders, this may be a Gnathopalystes sp. However, he isn't sure because the photo doesn't show the spider's face clearly.

Wolf Spider sp.
Wolfspin sp. (Lycosidae sp.)
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
29 December 2009
Doria's Spiny Spider
Wielwebspin sp.
(Gasteracantha doriae)

Mangrove Forest Walkway, Krabi, Thailand
1 February 2013
Golden Orb Weaver sp.
Zijdespin sp. (Nephila sp.)
Kuta area, Bali, Indonesia
11 October 2011
Golden Orb Weaver sp.
Zijdespin sp. (Nephila pilipes)
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011
Long-jawed Orb Weaver sp.
Strekspin sp.
Leucauge sp. (Leucauge blanda?)

Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011

Long-jawed Orb Weaver sp.
Strekspin sp. (Tetragnathidae sp.)
Cheow Lan Lake Jungle, Khao Sok NP,Thailand
24 January 2013

According to Dr. Peter Jaeger, the German spider expert, this may possibly be a Cyrtophora sp.
I found it in the rainforest where it was hanging over a little stream.

Tiger Spider sp.
Tijgerspin sp. (Argiope sp.)
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011

This is either Argiope versicolor or Argiope pulchella.
Until recently, they were considered one species until it was discovered that broken tips in the epigvna differed.

Nursery Web Spider sp.
Kraamwebspin sp. (Pisauridae sp.)
Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011
Giant Ant-Like Jumper
Myrmarachne maxillosa
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

This jumping spider mimics an ant and preys either on the ants themselves, or on other insects. Note how it only has six legs on the ground with the front two acting as antennae, and it walks around with the same type of jerky motion which is typical for an ant. The extraordinarily extended fangs are part of the same deception, making the spider look like a heavily fortified soldier ant.
It is only about 1 cm in size.

Jumping Spider sp.
Hyllus diardi
Khao Phanom Bencha NP, Krabi, Thailand
31 January 2013

This is a female. The female has all the hairs, the male doesn't.
Hyllus diardi is one of the biggest jumping spider in the world. Females have a 9-15mm body length.
As soon as I tried to take a close macro picture of it, it jumped straight into the lens, probably because it saw its own reflection.

Jumping Spider sp.
Springspin sp. (Salticidae sp.)
Ubud area, Bali, Indonesia
16 October 2011

Jumping spiders have good vision and use it for hunting and navigating.
They are capable of jumping from place to place, secured by a silk tether.
All jumping spiders have four pairs of eyes with very large anterior median eyes.

Jumping Spider sp.
Onbekende Springspin
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
1 February 2013

This is a tiny spider, about 4 mm body length. It has a green abdomen. I think it is in the Phintella family (see next photo), but I am not sure.

Banded Phintella
Gebandeerde Jumper (Phintella vittata)
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013

This is a tiny spider, about 4 mm body length.
Phintella vittata are the first and only animals capable of seeing ultraviolet B light (several insects, birds, fish, and mammals can see only ultraviolet A light). Males of these jumping spider species have patches on their abdomens that reflect UVB light which can be detected by the females. Experts say that there may be other animals that can detect UVB light.

Multi-coloured Phintella
Phintella versicolor
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013

This is a tiny jumping spider, about 7mm long.
This is a female. The male is black and white, while the female is mainly brown.

Pygmy Grasshopper sp.
Doornsprinkhaan sp.
(Tetrigidae sp.)

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
31 December 2009

Monkey Grasshopper sp.
Eumastacidae sp.
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

Eumastacidae are a family of grasshoppers sometimes known as Monkey- or Matchstick Grasshoppers.

Brown-spotted Locust
Cyrtacanthacris tatarica
Khao Yai area, Thailand
29 December 2009

Meadow Katydid sp.
Spitskopje sp.
(Conocephalinae sp.)

Khao Yai area, Thailand
30 December 2009

Insects in the family Tettigoniidae are commonly called katydids or bush crickets. There are more than 6,400 species. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets than to any type of grasshopper.

Scarlet Dwarf
Nannophya pygmaea
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

This is the smallest true dragonfly in Thailand and one of the smallest in the world.
In males, the hindwing is 12 to 13 mm in length and the total body length ranges from 16 to 17 mm. The male has a red thorax and abdomen. Its eyes are red on top and dark brown below, with a sharp line of delineation. The wing base is tinted with amber. In the female, the dorsum of the thorax is black.

Unidentified Dragonfly
Onbekende Libel
Shanghai area, China
21 August 2006

A lot of the red dragonflies look very similar.
This species has no (clear) black markings on the abdomen and the colour of the pterostigma (the cell in the outer wing) seems yellowish/brown. The base of the hindwing is tinted amber brown and it eyes are reddish. It looks very similar to Rhodothemis rufa
(next photo) but has clear brown wingbases and it resembles Orthetrum testaceum, but that species has greyish/brown eyes.

Crimson Marsh Glider
(or Crimson Dropwing)
Trithemis aurora
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

This is a medium sized dragonfly. The eyes of the male are red and the thorax and abdomen are almost luminous violet. The base of the hindwing is tinted amber brown and the wing veins are red. The female is light brown/yellowhs with black markings on the sides and top of the abdomen. It is widespread in tropical Asia.

Rufous Marsh Glider
Rhodothemis rufa
Chiang Mai, Thailand
24 December 2009

This is a fairly large sized red dragonfly with a red thorax, red eyes and no black line or markings on its red abdomen. R. rufa has eyes bearly touching each other. The similar Crocothemis servilia has also red eyes but has a thin black line on the top of its abdomen and both eyes well touching each other. R. rufa has prominent robust spines on the legs.

Scarlet Skimmer
Oostelijke Vuurlibel
(Crocothemis servilia)

Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
1 February 2013

In males, the total body length ranges from 40 to 43 mm. The male is red from head to tail, including the eyes. There is a distinctive thin dark line along the dorsum of the abdomen. The female is light brown in colour.
They can be easily confused with Macrodiplax cora but this species has a distinctive thick, broken dark line on the dorsum and the eyes are dark brown on top half and black on the bottom half.

Fulvous Forest Skimmer
Neurothemis fulvia
Chiang Mai area, Thailand
24 December 2009

Niet te verwarren met andere Neurothemis sp. Bij Neurothemis fulvia is de bruine rand 'hol' naar de vleugeltip toe, zodat de transparante punt bijna cirkelvormig is. Bij N. fluctuans (zie hieronder) loopt het bruin schuin af richting de vleugelbasis. Bij N. ramburii (zie 2e foto hieronder) zit er een hoekje in en loopt ie bijna recht af. Bij N. terminata loopt ie echt recht af zoals bij de voorvleugel.

Common Parasol
(or Red Grasshawk)
Neurothemis fluctuans
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
1 February 2013

Neurothemis fluctuans is both widespread and common.

Ramburi Red Parasol
Neurothemis ramburii
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011
Straight-edged Red Parasol
Neurothemis terminata
Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia
23 October 2011

Red-faced Skimmer
Oeverlibel sp. (Orthetrum chrysis)
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

In males, the total body length ranges from 41 to 48 mm. The male has a red face and dark grey eyes. The thorax is dark brown and the abdomen is red. The female is reddish brown.
This species is easily confused with Orthetrum testaceum (see next photo) but the thorax of O. testaceum is reddish (O. chrysis has brown thorax). Also, with O. testaceum, the brown colour at the base of the wings is more prominent.

Orange Skimmer
Orthetrum testaceum
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
1 February 2013

In males, the total body length ranges from 43 to 48 mm. The male has an orange-brown thorax and vermilion red abdomen. The eyes are light brownish grey. The face is reddish. There is an amber patch at the base of the hindwing. The pterostigma is dark reddish brown covering 2,5 cells.
The female is yellowish brown with the base of the hindwing clear.

Slender Skimmer
Slanke Oeverlibel
(Orthetrum sabina)

Koh Lanta, Thailand
29 January 2013

Both male and female have yellowish green thorax with black stripes. Section 1-3 of the abdomen are
swollen like a ball.
They are widely distributed: from the Mediterranean through southern and eastern Asia to Australia.

Slender Blue Skimmer
Orthetrum luzonicum
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

It is often miss identified with Orthetrum glaucum. However, the eyes of Orthetrum luzonicum are a vivid blue/green colour and Orthetrum glaucum's eyes are dull in comparison.

Common Flangetail
Ictinogomphus decoratus meleanops
Koh Lanta, Thailand
29 January 2013

This is one of the biggest dragonflies (about 12 cm long) that I have seen in Thailand.
The male is black with strong yellow markings along the thorax and abdomen. The face is yellow and the eyes are blue/green.
The end segments are "club" like.

Ground Skimmer
Diplacodes trivialis
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013

This is a small dragonfly; the total body length ranges from 29 to 32 mm.
The male starts off yellow and looks identical to the female. But as it matures it becomes a powdery blue colour. Segments 9-10 are black. One of the commonest dragonflies in gardens, fields and playgrounds. This dragonfly usually perches on the ground and rarely flies above one meter.

Yellow Featherlegs
Copera marginipes
Khao Sok NP area, Thailand
25 January 2013

The male has bright yellow legs, a beautiful black/yellowish thorax and a black abdomen with white marking on it.
The female has an overall black thorax and abdomen. Both male and female exist in a white phase (see photo), also called "ghost" form.

Clear-winged Forest Glory
Vestalis gracilis
Khao Phanom Bencha NP, Krabi, Thailand
31 January 2013

The green and yellow iridescence of this beautiful damselfly is staggering. There are slight yellow markings to the thorax and it has a long, slim abdomen.
It is the most common of the Vestalis species. It lives near slow moving water under lots of forest coverage.

Asian Damselfly
Beekjuffer sp. (Vestalis luctuosa)
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011

Green Metalwing
Neurobasis chinensis
Khao Phanom Bencha NP, Krabi, Thailand
31 January 2013

A conspicuous medium sized Demoiselle. Body shining metallic green in both sexes and long legs. The male has characteristic metallic green hindwings and hyaline forewings. The female has hyaline wings with pale brownish veins. A quite common species. It prefers rather open, swift running streams in forested areas, both in lowlands and in mountains. It may be confused with Matrona basilaris which has metallic blue inner wings instead of green.

Asian Damselfly
OriŽntjuffer sp. (Euphaea masoni)
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010

Asian Damselfly
Juweeljuffer sp.
Heliocypha (or Rhinocypha) fenestrata cornelii

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011
Black Threadtail
Prodasineura autumnalis
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011
Pygmy Dartlet
Agriocnemis pygmaea
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

Agriocnemis pygmaea is very common throughout Thailand and one of seven species of Agriocnemis to be found in Thailand.
Agriocnemis is a tiny genus and very often overlooked, as they are difficult to spot. The female takes on many colours throughout its life. This is the 'green' adult female. The thorax has a broad, dorsal black band.
Millipede sp.
Pacidesmus shelleyi
Rommani Village near Khao Sok NP, Thailand
26 January 2013

Asian Weaver Ant
Oecophylla smaragdina
Khao Sok NP area, Thailand
23 January 2013

There are just two species in the genus Oecophylla, but they are ecologically dominant in the forests of three continents. O. longinoda occurs across Africa while O. smaragdina is found in Asia and northern Australia. Their success results mostly from the ability to build nests using living leaves that are stitched together with silk.

Scarab-hunter Wasp sp.
Campsomeriella collaris quadrifasciata
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
4 February 2013

According to Gerard Schulten, a Dutch expert on Scoliid Wasp species, this is a female Campsomeriella collaris quadrifasciata.
There is very little information on this species on the internet.

Lesser Banded Hornet
Vespa affinis
Klong Muang Beach, Krabi, Thailand
20 January 2013

This is a small to medium-sized hornet and is widespread throughout Asia.

Asian Honey Bee
Aziatische Honingbij (Apis cerana)
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
14 October 2011
Carpenter Bee
Reuzen Houtbij (Xylocopa latipes)
Koh Chang, Thailand
4 January 2010
Blow Fly sp.
Vleesvlieg sp. (Calliphoridae sp.)
Chiang Mai area, Thailand
24 December 2009

Long-legged Fly sp.
Slankpootvlieg sp.
(Dolichopus sp.)
Tub Kaek Beach area, Krabi, Thailand
2 February 2013

This is a very tiny fly; about 8 mm.

Stag Beetle sp.
Vliegend Hert sp.
(Odontolabis dalmanni)
Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011
Jewel Beetle sp.
Prachtkever sp. (Chrysochroa sp.)
Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
18 October 2011
Leaf Beetle sp. (1)
Bladhaantje sp.
(Chrysomelidae sp.)
Ubud area, Bali, Indonesia
16 October 2011
Leaf Beetle sp. (2)
Bladhaantje sp.
(Chrysomelidae sp.)
Ubud area, Bali, Indonesia
16 October 2011
Longhorn Beetle sp.
Boktor sp. (Laminae sp.)
Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, Mount Batukaru area, Bali, Indonesia
19 October 2011

True Bug sp.
Wants sp. (Tessaratomidae sp.)
Koh Chang, Thailand
5 January 2010

This is a species of bug in the family Tessaratomidae.

True Bug sp.
Wants sp. (Dindymus sp.)
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
13 October 2011

Dindymus sp. is a species of bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae.

This may well be Dindymus rubiginosus, but I am not sure.

True Bug sp.
Notobitus sp.
Khao Sok NP area, Thailand
24 January 2013

Notobitus sp. is a species in the family Coreidae.

This is a male because it has spikes on the hind legs.

Red Leafhopper sp.
Dwergcicade sp.
(Bothrogonia indistincta)
Tub Kaek Beach area,
Krabi, Thailand
3 February 2013

This leafhopper (Cicadellidae family) is just tiny, about 1 cm.
It seems that this leafhopper in Thailand is generally identified as B. indistincta, but there are more species in this genus occuring in Thailand, so I am not sure. There is very few information available.

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