The trip was on 19-22 December 2016 (4D3N). Hoping to encounter more bugs and then make it as unforgettable holiday and family trip. That was the plannings. The road condition from Kota Kinabalu to Lawas is just find. But, road condition heading to Merarap Hot Spring is unpaved and only suit for 4X4 with MT tyre. Typical road condition of Borneo especially rural area. Sometime we need to stop to allow the logging truck to pass. Need extra attention of the road sign instructed you to go left and to go right especially at the corner, down hill and up hill. Our group also visited Bakelalan (Sarawak) and Long Bawan (Indonesia). We encountered extra muddy road condition at Long Bawan Indonesia. Fortunately, all vehicles are able to get through the obstacle. On the way back to Merarap hot Spring from Long Bawan, we encountered another big challenge as it was rain and getting dark. The road condition turned very slippery down hill and up hill. My 4×4 only equipped with AT tyre and forced us to stop for a while. We reached Merarap Hot Spring at about 12.50 a.m. I concluded the road was really turned me so tired and thus focus on insect was really not as I expected. By the way, it is a great driving off road experience ever. Some images worth to be shared here as follow;
Special appreciation to my teammates. Thank you for your patience and help.
This is our 2nd trips to MB. It was 3 days and 2 nights camping in the area (29-31 of July 2016). I concluded this trip was successful compared to our previous trip in 2015 (17-19 April 2015). We encountered more butterflies than beetles, amphibians and other animals. You can view my post of the previous trip here.
We are being informed by the staff of MB that a group of elephant is around the area and we are advised to take early precaution for safety. Were are also being informed that those elephant are not dangerous by the way.
Along the way from the main entrance, we drop by and stop our vehicles (1 Landcruiser 80 and 1 Hilux) to photograph butterflies again and again. The road condition (no pavement yet) are getting better except for motorcars. Only a few points of the road got muddy. A standard 4×4 vehicle should have no problem to get through.
So, lets the following photos continue the history of our findings:
I spotted a Lantern Bug (P. Sultanus) but I did not attempt to get a shoot because its too high.
Trip to M.B
It was 3D2N visit to M.B. on 17-19 April 2015. It’s a dry season in Sabah since March 2015. I think this is one of the reasons we encountered less insects to photograph. I’m not saying that M.B got less bugs all the time. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a dry season since March. I informed that one of my friend encountered many insects here including a very rare species of Lantern bug. By the way, I also post other findings which is not related to insect here.
We went to M.B by our own transport. Two Landcruiser 80series and we drove from Kota Kinabalu to M.B.
A few finding for that very limited time to explore:
Some insect I missed to photograph but I managed to found it. Not my lucky yet, but friends of mine got the shot. Unfortunately I did not share it here.
I am very excited looking for rare Lantern Bugs but did not found it. Yes, not my lucky yet. The only one species discovered was a Pyrops Sultanus. Click Pyrops Sultanus to see how it looks like.
A simple clip video from Youtube for this trip.