Maliau Basin: 2nd trips

This is our 2nd trips to Maliau Basin. 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 Maliau Basin 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:

Jewelled Nawab. Polyura delphis delphinion.

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Jewelled Nawab. Polyura delphis delphinion.

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Polyura jalysus triphonus

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The Black Rajah. Charaxes solon.

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Arhopala sp.

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Black and White Helen. Papilio nephalus albolineatus

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Black and White Helen. Papilio nephalus albolineatus

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Dysphania sp. Dysphania subrepleta.

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Odonata.Tyriobapta torrida

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Charaxes bernardus.

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Katydid. Mecopoda elongata. ID by Martin Hora. Found at night.

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A mating pair of Scarab beetle (Adoretus compressus) we found at night.

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Skipper. Taractrocera sp.[T. ardonia sumatrensis] ID by Tommy Chiu. Updated 6 May 2017.

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Skipper. Taractrocera sp.Potanthus omaha maesina? ID by Tommy Chiu

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Skipper. Taractrocera sp.Potanthus omaha maesina? ID by Tommy Chiu

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Odonata. Neurothemis ramburii

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Pointed Ciliate Blue,Anthene lycaenina miya

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Pointed Ciliate Blue,Anthene lycaenina miya

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Pointed Ciliate Blue,Anthene lycaenina miya

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Pointed Ciliate Blue,Anthene lycaenina miya

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Curetinae, Curetis sp.Curetis sperthis sperthis {male}
ID Credit Dr. Seow

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Curetinae, Curetis sp.Curetis sperthis sperthis {male}
ID Credit Dr. Seow

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Curetis sp. Curetis sperthis sperthis {female}

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White Banded Awl. Hasora taminatus malayana

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Narrow-banded Velvet. Koruthaialos rubecula. ID by Tommy Chiu

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Lycaeninae

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Orange Gull – Cepora iudith montana

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The Chocolate Albatross. Appias lyncida

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Stink bug

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Stink bug

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Whiskered Treeswift

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The Lemon Emigrant. Catopsilia pomona

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The Lemon Emigrant. Catopsilia pomona.

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The Lemon Emigrant. Catopsilia pomona

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Common Nawab, Polyura athamas faliscus.

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Striped Jay – Graphium bathycles bathycloides. ID by Joe Justin; and Eurema simulatrix

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The Common Bluebottle. Graphium sarpedon and Common Nawab. Polyura athamas

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Mycalesis anapita fucienta? hard to differentiate between anapita and patiana.

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Eurema simulatrix

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Malay lacewing, Cethosia hypsea hypsea

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Malay lacewing, Cethosia hypsea hypsea

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Malay lacewing, Cethosia hypsea hypsea

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Malay lacewing, Cethosia hypsea hypsea

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Malay lacewing, Cethosia hypsea hypsea

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Malay lacewing, Cethosia hypsea hypsea

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Our vehicles. Toyota Hilux
Our vehicles. Toyota Hilux
Our vehicles. Toyota Landcruiser 80
Our vehicles. Toyota Landcruiser 80
The members. Of course, photographer will always not in the frame ;)
The members. Of course, photographer will always not in the frame πŸ˜‰

Moth. Diomea tricuspida (Erebidae:Boletobiini).Visiting our camping site at night.Β ID credit to Roger Kendrick. A rare moth which is endemic to Borneo, only 3 records so far in mothsofborneo.

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Shield bug

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Shield bug

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Shield bug

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Shield bug

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Shield bug

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Robberfly with its prey.

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Robberfly with its prey.

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Robberfly with its prey.

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The Cruiser. Vindula dejone

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Green Katydid. Night find

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The common one will always being skip but not for this time (Sapuh habis). Some sort of Assasin bugs.

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A juvenile Argiope chloreis. Id by Nicky bay

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Hatob

First Visit 25 October 2015. This first visit intended to recce and to get familiar with the trek.Some photos may not sharp (intended for shot record and references)

Chocolate pansy- Junonia hedonia
Chocolate pansy- Junonia
hedonia
Beautiful Lycaenidae. Not sure about it's ID yet.
Beautiful Lycaenidae. Rapala dieneces dieneces (Scarlet Flash).
Found 4/10/2015. Added 6/11/2015
Found 4/10/2015. Posted 6 Nov 2015. Pyrops intricatus
Tiger Beetle. Mating in progress. New in my collection
Tiger Beetle. Mating in progress. New in my collection

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Fulgoridae – Dichoptera sp
Fulgoridae – Dichoptera sp
Dead leaf mantis. 4 shots before it flew away. Still good for a shot record, thought
Dead leaf mantis. 4 shots before it flew away. Still good for a shot record, thought
2 shots before it flew away.
2 shots before it flew away.
Cyrtarachne sp.
Cyrtarachne sp.

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Buprestoidea, Belionota prasina
Buprestoidea, Belionota prasina

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Will add more later..

K.Inn.

Long Horned Beetle
Long Horned Beetle

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Soldier fly
Soldier fly

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Added 20/8/2015
Posted 20/8/2015

I spotted a Lantern Bug (P. Sultanus) but I did not attempt to get a shoot because its too high.

Maliau Basin

Trip to Maliau Basin

It was 3D2N visit to Maliau Basin 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 Maliau Basin 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 Maliau Basin by our own transport. Two Landcruiser 80series and we drove from Kota Kinabalu to Maliau Basin Study Centre.

More information about this place, log on to http://maliaubasin.org/about-mbca/

A few finding for that very limited time to explore:

A Cicada
A Cicada
Jumping spider
Jumping spider
Ancema blanka (Silver Royal). The upper side of this butterfly got blue in color and looks beautiful when in flight. Thanks Simon Sng. Thanks Antonio Giudici for the update. New in my collection.
Ancema blanka (Silver Royal). The upper side of this butterfly got blue in color and looks beautiful when in flight. Thanks Simon Sng. Thanks Antonio Giudici for the update. New in my collection.
Ancema blanka (Silver Royal).
Ancema blanka (Silver Royal).
Malayan Oakleaf - Kallima limborgii?
Malayan Oakleaf – Kallima limborgii?
Malayan Oakleaf - Kallima limborgii [?]
Malayan Oakleaf – Kallima limborgii [?]
You saw something or not? or just a tree bark ;)
You saw something or not? or just tree bark πŸ˜‰
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You should be able to see a lizard πŸ˜‰

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.

Some sort of fly
Some sort of fly
Leafhopper?
Leafhopper?
Mantis egg sac
Mantis egg sac approximately 3″
Mantis egg sac
Mantis egg sac approximately 3″
Lynx spider. New in my collection ;)
Lynx spider. Hamadruas sp.? New in my collection πŸ˜‰
Lynx spider. New in my collection ;)
Lynx spider. Hamadruas sp.? New in my collection πŸ˜‰
Lynx spider. New in my collection
Lynx spider. Hamadruas sp.? New in my collection
Not sure what spider is this. New in my collection
Not sure what spider is this. New in my collection
Lynx spider. New in my collection
Lynx spider. Hamadruas sp.? New in my collection
Tiger leech. Less than expected because the forest floor is dry.
Tiger leech. Less than expected because the forest floor is dry.
Toad? Approximately 1cm.
Toad? Approximately 1cm body length.
Upper shot of this (Toad?) Approximately 1cm.
Upper shot of this (Toad?) Approximately 1cm in body length.
Wild boar visiting us ;)
Wild boar visiting us πŸ˜‰
Wild boar visiting us. Sometime visiting us in a group of seven ;)
Wild boar visiting us. Sometime visiting us in a group of seven πŸ˜‰

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.

Moth
Moth
Stink bug
Stink bug
Shield bug with egg
Shield bug with egg

Stinkbug

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Lemon Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona)
Added 20/5/2015
Philium sp. Posted 20 May 2015
Added 20/5/2015
Philium sp. Posted 20 May 2015
ID appreciated.
Rhino beetle. ID appreciated.
Some of the views
Some of the views. Taken with Samyang Fisheye 8mm.

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Members
Members

A simple clip video from Youtube for this trip.

“CRCRTSS” trip

So, another trip πŸ˜‰ . Really enjoy the natures. Birds singing, butterflies on the river side, got river stream, got real “black night” πŸ˜‰ , 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.

Leptolalax pictus
Leptolalax pictus
A lizard
Cyrtodactylus sp. Cyrtodactylus baluensis? Some information saying that C. baluensis is endemic to Mount Kinabalu. So not sure if this Gecko is C. baluensis because it was found at Tambunan. The size is small compared to the C. baluensis we found at Mount Kinabalu.
Dorsal view: perching on a leaf about 2 feets from the ground near a stream. Night found. Meristogenys. Meristogenys orphnocnemis?
Dorsal view: perching on a leaf about 2 feets from the ground near a stream. Night found. Meristogenys. Meristogenys orphnocnemis?
Meristogenys. Meristogenys orphnocnemis?
Meristogenys. Meristogenys orphnocnemis?
Lamiinae, Trachystola granulata.
Lamiinae, Trachystola granulata.
Added 17/12/2015.
Posted 17 Dec 2015.
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Leaf beetle

 

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Vindula dejone
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Vindula dejone
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Blue Admiral – Kaniska canace

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Blue Admiral - Kaniska canace
Blue Admiral – Kaniska canace with some bees
Laefbeetle
Leaf beetle
Flatid hopper
Flatid hopper, Flatidae
Cleridae
Cleridae
Leafhopper nymph? My first impression it looks like a Katydid, but its eyes resemble a Mantis. This creature sometimes keep moving from left to right, and right to left exactly mimicking the mantis behaviour
Leafhopper nymph? My first impression it looks like a Katydid, but its eyes resemble a Mantis. This creature sometimes keep moving from left to right, and right to left exactly mimicking the mantis behaviour

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Kinabalu Swordtail - Pathysa stratiotes
Kinabalu Swordtail – Pathysa stratiotes

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Our 2nd trips
Our 2nd trips
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Katydid
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Spiny orb weaver.

 

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Some sort of Asilidae with prey
Some sort of Asilidae with prey
Face to face
Face to face
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Side profile. Ant mimic spider?
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Leaf beetle
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Leaf beetle

 

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Sting of this wasp is great ;)
Sting of this wasp is great πŸ˜‰
Found on my 2nd visit
Found on my 2nd visit- 7 Dec 2014
Languriidae
Languriidae
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Katydid

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Butt view ;)
Guess what is this.. something resemble duck’s face ( I think so). It’s actually a butt view of a Thomisidae. (Suggested by Faiz Qifa and Nicky Bay.) we found on our recent trip
Almost face to face
Almost face to face
Another ant-mimic-spider
Another ant-mimic-spider

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That me (center) with two of the villagers. They show us the Rafflesia flower. Not blooming yet.
Thats me (center) with two of the villagers. They show us the Rafflesia flower. Not blooming yet.
carefully pose
carefully pose

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Not sure the ID
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Bufonidae, Ansonia minuta?

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Golden legged bush frog Philautus aurantium
Golden legged bush frog Philautus aurantium?
Golden legged bush frog Philautus aurantium
Golden legged bush frog Philautus aurantium?
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Not sure the ID
It was truly one of the most amazing coloured frogs. Kalophrynus sp. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G
It was truly one of the most amazing coloured frogs. Kalophrynus sp. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G. Approximately 3cm
It was truly one of the most amazing coloured frogs. Kalophrynus sp. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G
It was truly one of the most amazing coloured frogs. Kalophrynus sp. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G. Approximately 3cm.
beautiful Mantid fly. My first encounter ;)
beautiful Mantid fly. My first encounter πŸ˜‰
Scorpion fly, female. Again, my first encounter ;)
Scorpion fly, (Mecoptera), female. Again, my first encounter πŸ˜‰
When there is a female, there must be a male too. Scorpion fly, male, with prey ;)
When there is a female, there must be a male too. Scorpion fly (Mecoptera,) male, with prey πŸ˜‰
and another angle of the scorpion fly with prey. So nature and love to see them in nature.
..And another angle of the scorpion fly with prey. So nature and love to see them in nature. I read from online found that this insect cannot sting. The male look scary because of it genitalia which is look alike scorpion stinger. Anyhow, don’t bother to try as I did not do that. I only take picture without touching it.
Tiger beetle.
Tiger beetle.
This beetle is about to fly by the time I spotted it. Less than 30 sec. Only managed to get 7 shots of this beetle. Never seen before.
This beetle is about to fly by the time I spotted it (10.42 am). Less than 30 sec. Only managed to get 7 shots of this beetle. Never seen before.
2nd shots
2nd shots

More story coming soon.. still have a lot of story πŸ˜‰

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Scarabaeidae, Valginae. Thanks to Doug Yanega and Gil Wizen
unidentified.
The Blue Begum. ID suggested by Antonio Giudici
The Blue Begum
The Blue Begum
Tawny Rajah. ID suggested by Koh Cher Hern
Another Tiger Beetle
Another Tiger Beetle
Leaf beetle
Leaf beetle

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Exopholis hypoleuca

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Dobsonfly, Nevromus gloriosoi, Liu, Hayashi & Yang, 2012 (Corydalidae: Corydalinae), ID credit: Xingyue Liu. Infor: Kurt Orion G.
Dobsonfly, Nevromus gloriosoi, Liu, Hayashi & Yang, 2012 (Corydalidae: Corydalinae), ID credit: Xingyue Liu.
Infor: Kurt Orion G.
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Ricaniidae. Thanks to Les Day
Dung beetle
Dung beetle
Dung beetle
Dung beetle

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Robberfly, Asilidae
Robberfly, Asilidae

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Mushroom. Glow in the dark.
Mushroom. Glow in the dark.

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Cyrestis maenalis seminigra (Common Mapwing).

“Rangalau” trips

Thanks to the land owner for allowing us to enterΒ 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 πŸ˜‰ . 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 πŸ˜‰ . Sorry for my bad English. I can’t speak English actually πŸ˜‰

Some sort of Rhinocyphidae
Some sort of Rhinocyphidae
Juvenile katydid
Juvenile katydid
Not sure what is this. Found it on the ground with some mites on its body. Noticed the broken legs too
Not sure what is this. Found it on the ground with some mites on its body. Noticed the broken legs too
Water Striders (Gerridae)
Water Striders (Gerridae)
I love the vibrance color of this Odonata
I love the vibrance color of this Odonata
Newly emerge
Newly emerge
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First time seen. Odonata

 

Not sure about the ID
Odonata.Not sure about the ID
13/4/2015
13/4/2015. Weevil (Superfamily: Curculionoidea)
Natural light
Lynx spider. Natural light

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Leafhopper

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Winged ant
Added 29/12/2014
Added 29/12/2014. Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae)
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awesome looks of a larva. Looks alike green jelly πŸ˜‰
Face to face
Face to face
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Weevil

 

Full body shot
Full body shot
Shot at 1:1 magnification. Canon 60D, f/16, 1/125sec, ISO 160, MPE 65mm, Twin flash with D.I.Y diffuser
Shot at 1:1 magnification.
Canon 60D, f/16, 1/125sec, ISO 160, MPE 65mm, Twin flash with D.I.Y diffuser
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Jumping spider (Salticidae)

 

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Nymphalidae,Satyrinae, Ragadia makuta umbrata?Added 27 August 2014
Nymphalidae,Satyrinae, Ragadia makuta umbrata?Added 27 August 2014
Female
Female
Male and female
Male and female
Added 25/8/2014
Added 25/8/2014

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Lacewing's larvae, the great transporter  with it's prey (an insect, but not a mite for sure)
Lacewing’s larvae, the great transporter with it’s prey (an insect, but not a mite for sure)
Lacewing's larvae, the great transporter  with it's prey (an insect, but not a mite for sure)
Lacewing’s larvae, the great transporter with it’s prey (an insect, but not a mite for sure)
Added 14 July 2014.
Added 14 July 2014.

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Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae cuckoo wasp ID Credit : Nikola Rahme
Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae
cuckoo wasp
ID Credit : Nikola Rahme
Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae cuckoo wasp ID Credit : Nikola Rahme
Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae cuckoo wasp ID Credit : Nikola Rahme

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Animated gif of the boxer mantis
Animated gif of the boxer mantis

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Lacewing larvae
Lacewing larvae
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Vestalis sp. ID suggested by CY Choong

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Rhinocypha humeralis (female)?
Rhinocypha humeralis (female)?
Not sure about it ID yet. Taken in 2014
Not sure about it ID yet. Taken in 2014
Flatid Planthopper Nymph?
Flatid Planthopper Nymph?
Lophopidae. ID suggested by Doug Yanega
Eurybrachyid Planthopper nymph. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G
Lophopidae. ID suggested by Doug Yanega
Eurybrachyid Planthopper nymph. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G
Katydid from subfamily Lipotactinae. ID suggested by Tan Ming Kai
Katydid from subfamily Lipotactinae. ID suggested by Tan Ming Kai
Face to face.
Face to face.
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Heliocypha biseriata. ID suggested by CY Choong
Adult
Adult. Eurybrachyidae – Thessitus sp. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G
Crane fly
Crane fly

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Cassidinae
Cassidinae

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Jumping spiders

Posted 9 July 2017
Posted 9 July 2017
Hyllus semicupreus, female. ID byΒ Tan Tc. Posted 9 July 2017
Beautiful jumping spider with prey.
Beautiful jumping spider with prey. Posted 14 June 2016.
Hyllus sp.
Hyllus sp.

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I got a bite from this Hyllus sp? Its sting can last for about 5 minutes. That bite should be used by this Salticidae to immobilise its prey.. (I'm guessing) . I think spider did not bite human, except you made a sudden contact?. Please note, he lost two of his front legs.
I got a bite from this Hyllus semicupreus, Its sting can last for about 5 minutes. That bite should be used by this Salticidae to immobilise its prey.. (I’m guessing) . I think spider did not bite human, except you made a sudden contact?. Please note, he lost two of his front legs.
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A very small one and heavily cropped

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Portia?
Portia
Side shot. Portia?
Side shot of the Portia
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Posted 1 Dec 2014
Hyllus sp.?
Hyllus sp.

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Posted 12 August 2014
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Posted 30 April 2014
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Posted Feb 2014

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Salticidae
Salticidae

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Posted Sept. 2013

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Posted Sept. 2013

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Posted Sept. 2013

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Jamiunphotography

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Other insects

Found 30 April 2017. Posted 24 June 2017.
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Scarab beetle, genus Apogonia. Posted 30 June 2016
Leaf beetle
Posted 26 October 2015. Some sort of Leaf beetle
Ladybug mimic beetle, Endomychidae
Ladybug mimic beetle, Endomychidae
Mealybug. Infor by Hishamuddin Zainuddin.
Mealybug. Infor by Hishamuddin Zainuddin.
Not sure what is this. Found it on the ground with some mites on its body. Noticed the broken legs too
Not sure what is this. Found it on the ground with some mites on its body. Noticed the broken legs too
Water Striders (Gerridae)
Water Striders (Gerridae)
 Prosena sp. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G.
Prosena sp. ID suggested by Kurt Orion G.
Found 9 Sept. 2017. Posted 6 Oct. 2017
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Leaf Beetle

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Signal fly?
Signal fly?
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Leaf Beetle
Male and female
Male and female. Fruit fly
Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae cuckoo wasp ID Credit : Nikola Rahme
Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae cuckoo wasp ID Credit : Nikola Rahme
Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae cuckoo wasp ID Credit : Nikola Rahme
Chrysididae, Loboscelidinae
cuckoo wasp
ID Credit : Nikola Rahme
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Erotylids? found crawling on the mossy ground

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Scarabaeidae, Valginae. Suggested by Doug Yanega

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Ladybug-mimic beetle
Ladybug-mimic beetle. Endomychidae. ID suggested by Doug Yanega.
Ladybug-mimic beetle.Endomychidae. ID suggested by Doug Yanega.
Ladybug-mimic beetle.Endomychidae. ID suggested by Doug Yanega.
Added 24 October 2014
Added 24 October 2014

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Bibionidae Plecia spp
Bibionidae Plecia spp. ID suggested by Dennis Sim
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Agetocera discedens Weise?
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Prionoceridae, Idgia sp. Credit to Michael Geiser
Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae)
Scarab beetle (Scarabaeidae)
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Tabanus
Scarabaeidae,Anomala expansa
Scarabaeidae,Anomala expansa

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Antlion larvae
Antlion larvae
Strongylium sp?
Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp).? too big for MPE-65mm πŸ˜‰
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Scarab beetle, genus Apogonia. Suggested by Munetoshi Maruyama
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Scarab beetle, genus Apogonia. Suggested by Munetoshi Maruyama
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Scarab beetle, genus Apogonia. Suggested by Munetoshi Maruyama.

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Other spiders

Wandering Spider (Ctenus sp.). Thanks to Tom Patterson for the ID. Posted 13 April 2017
Argiope sp. Posted 16 January 2017
Huntsman. Posted 16 January 2017

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Huntsman
Lichen huntsman spider
Uloborus cf. plumipes
Uloborus cf. plumipes
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Uloborus cf. plumipes. ID suggested by Radek Ε ich

 

Thomisidae
Thomisidae

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Almost face to face
Almost face to face. Thomisidae
Added 10/11/2014
Posted 10 November 2014
Tarantula
Tarantula
Lichen huntsman spider
Lichen huntsman spider
_MG_9903
Argiope sp.
_MG_3420
Tetragnathidae. ID suggested by Jorge Almeida
Herennia sp.
Herennia sp.