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 is 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 should be no problem to get through.
So, lets the following photos continue the history of our findings:
This is among the wanted species I’m looking for. Penthicodes (Ereosoma) quadrimaculata Lallemand, 1963. ID by Jerome Constant. Unfortunately, I did not bring along my Tripod by the time I found it. So, time to use whatever around me including a stick 😉
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.
So, another trip 😉 . Really enjoy the natures. Birds singing, butterflies on the river side, got river stream, got real “black night” 😉 , waterfall, Rafflesia, welcoming by villagers. It’s a wonderful experience ;). Scroll down for the story. I’ll let the pictures tell everything ;). Please note that all photos inclusive of 4th trips.
More story coming soon.. still have a lot of story 😉
Thanks to the land owner for allowing us to enter his land. We have to get a permission first from the land owner (as always) and for that, I should thanks to Mr. Ron Eldie for these arrangements. Off course, Mr.Simon Shim is always there 😉 . So.. that was our 6th trips to this area so far (our recent trips was on 12/4/2015). I guess more trips coming soon 😉 . Sorry for my bad English. I can’t speak English actually 😉
Personally, this is quite difficult to find this insect in my area. I believed that this insect, Zanna nobilis may common and easy to find in some particular places.
Now in August 2013, after more or less 20 years when i was first time met this insect, finally I found it again. Is that too long? ;). Many thanks to Mr Laz Govn (the land owner) for showing us this insect on 3 trees in his land.
That was a story behind this finding. So now, i have special date to remember ;).