Dec 28, 2009

Brown Praying Mantis of Borneo

Photo of brown praying mantis. Common praying mantis that I came across are usually green mantis. The mantis below is probably the Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis).

Brown Praying Mantis of Borneo

Brown Praying Mantis of Borneo

Brown Praying Mantis of Borneo

Brown Praying Mantis of Borneo

Mantodea or mantises is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 9 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae. Historically, the term "mantid" was used to refer to any member of the order because for most of the past century, only one family was recognized within the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other eight recently-established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term "mantises" should be used when referring to the entire order. A colloquial name for the order is "praying mantises", because of the typical "prayer-like" stance, although the term is often misspelled as "preying mantis" since mantises are predatory. In Europe, the name "praying mantis" refers to Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the orders Isoptera (termites) and Blattodea (cockroaches), and these three groups together are sometimes ranked as an order rather than a superorder. They are sometimes confused with phasmids (stick/leaf insects) and other elongated insects such as grasshoppers and crickets.

Brown Praying Mantis video clip


Dec 24, 2009

Giant Caterpillar - Series #19

A close up photo of a giant tropical caterpillar. I short of calling it fat caterpillar.

Look at those spikes.

Photo shot at Jalan Stakan, Kuching.

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* Furry caterpillar - Series #18
* Two caterpillars - Series #17
* Furry caterpillar - Series #16


Dec 15, 2009

Furry caterpillar - Series #18

This photo is the 18th series on caterpillar. This subject is furry with lumps of yellow brushes (yellow markers) on its body. This could be the Tussock Moth larvae.

Related posts:
* Two caterpillars - Series #17
* Furry caterpillar - Series #16
* Black caterpillar with white stripes and blue spikes - Series #15

SEO: Tussock Moth caterpillar | Tussock Moth larvae


Dec 11, 2009

Bintulu Port Quay Crane Accident

Photo of a newly acquired Quay Crane buckled under its own weight in an accident at Bintulu Port.

The RM21 million quay crane was supplied by peninsular based company IMPSA (M) Sdn. Bhd and about to be transported from a barge to Berth No.4 when it suddenly collapsed around 10.30a.m on Thursday.

The lower part of the crane structure was badly damaged in the incident. No injuries were reported in the mishap and operation on Berth No.4 will be temporarily closed according to the port authority in a statement on Thursday.

Photo source: UDN / Voon Siang Pin

More photos of Bintulu Port


Anacondas in Asia

Baby Anacondas spotted in Asia, Melaka Zoo that is. I wonder how Melaka Zoo will handled the Anacondas when they matured into a giant snake.

baby anaconda

About Anacondas

Anacondas are large, non-venomous boas found in tropical South America. Although the name actually applies to a group of snakes, it is often used to refer only to one species in particular, the green anaconda, Eunectes murinus, which is one of the largest snakes in the world, and (together with the reticulated python of southeast Asia) arguably the longest.

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* Fake photo of Legendary Nabau, Borneo giant snake


Dec 10, 2009

Light Brown Moth

Close-up photo of a Light Brown Moth. Look like a light brown apple moth.

Moth photo taken in the street of Melaka town before my camera's batteries drain out.

Related posts:
* Moth on a tropical red ginger plant
* Trapped moth
* Moth on a rambutan fruit, Series #6
* Wild sex - Mating moths photo


Nov 16, 2009

Black Crow

Photo of a black crow with red eyes perched on a papaya tree. Look like the crow is possessed but it's not. The bird could also be a Common Raven aiming for the ripen papaya fruit.

Above: cropped photo of a black crow.

Above: Photo taken at house's back yard with 12x digital zoom.

The true crows are large passerine birds that form the genus Corvus in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the relatively small pigeon-sized jackdaws (Eurasian and Daurian) to the Common Raven of the Holarctic region and Thick-billed Raven of the highlands of Ethiopia, the 40 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents (except South America) and several offshore and oceanic islands (including Hawaii). In the United States, the word "crow" is used to refer to the American Crow. The crow genus makes up a third of the species in the Corvidae family. Other corvids include rooks and jays. Crows appear to have evolved in Asia from the corvid stock, which had evolved in Australia. A group of crows is called a "murder," though this term usually appears in poetry or similar literature rather than ordinary usage.

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Oct 30, 2009

Two caterpillars - Series #17

Photo of two tropical caterpillars on a leaves.

tropical caterpillars
Left: Yellowish spiky caterpillar. Right: Gray furry caterpillar.

tropical caterpillars

Please help to identify the species. Thanks in advance.

Related posts:
* Furry caterpillar - Series #16
* Black caterpillar with white stripes and blue spikes - Series #15
* Black Yellow Spiky Caterpillar - Series #14
* Green caterpillar with fake eyes - Series #3


Oct 23, 2009

Green Angle-wing Katydid

Exotic photo of green grasshopper or Angle-wing Katydid. The family Tettigoniidae, known in American English as katydids and in British English as bush-crickets, contains more than 6,400 species. It is part of the suborder Ensifera and the only family in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets than to grasshoppers. Many tettigoniids exhibit mimicry and camouflage, commonly with shapes and colors similar to leaves.

Tettigoniids may be distinguished from grasshoppers by the length of their filamentous antennae, which may exceed their own body length, while grasshoppers' antennae are always relatively short and thickened.

The males of tettigoniids have sound-producing organs (via stridulation) located on the hind angles of their front wings. In some species females are also capable of stridulation.

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Sep 24, 2009

Tallest Bougainvillea In Miri

Photo of the tallest Bougainvillea (pokok bunga kertas) plant in full bloom. The photo was taken from a room at Park Hotel, Miri.

The tall Bouganinvillea used a pine tree as a support. The pine tree could be over 100ft tall.

From far, the pine tree look like it was infest with a blooming parasite plant.

Above: Shot taken from underneath the plant.

About Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea (pronounced /ˌbuːɡɨnˈvɪliə/) is a genus of flowering plants native to South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina (Chubut Province). Different authors accept between four and 18 species in the genus. The plant was discovered in Brazil in 1768, by Philibert Commerçon, French Botanist accompanying French Navy admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville during his voyage of circumnavigation.

They are thorny, woody vines growing anywhere from 1-12 meters tall, scrambling over other plants with their hooked thorns. The thorns are tipped with a black, waxy substance. They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous if there is a dry season. The leaves are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate, 4-13 cm long and 2-6 cm broad. The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colors associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes referred to as "paper flower" because the bracts are thin and papery. The fruit is a narrow five-lobed achene.


Sep 9, 2009

Borneo Beetle - Series #5

Photo of an unidentified beetle from Borneo crawling on a young flower pod.

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* Tropical Orange Blister Beetle - Nemognatha
* Black Blister Beetle | Nemognatha Photo
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Sep 8, 2009

Common Huntsman Spider - Series #6

A photo of a tropical common Huntsman Spider underneath a leave mat.

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* Common Huntsman Spider - Series #3
* Wasp spider of Borneo - Argiope bruennichi
* Common Huntsman Spider - Series #2
* Tropical spider - Series #1


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