Jan 15, 2021

Baby Swamp Eel

When my car porch got flooded, this snake-like creature came along. Probably it came from the nearby swamp. Not sure if it has tiny front legs as I did not inspect it closely.

It looks like an Asian Swamp Eel (locally known as Belut).

Could it be an Amphiuma or a Monopterus Albus?

Dec 23, 2010

Water Lizard - Biawak Air

Photo of a tropical monitor lizard. The specimen below is likely an Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator salvator).

Water Lizard - Biawak Air

Monitor lizards, also known as biawak or goannas, genus Varanus, are members of the family Varanidae.

Water Lizard - Biawak Air

Photo taken at Kem Permai, Kuching.

Dec 5, 2010

Tropical Dove

Photo of a tropical dove relaxing during her morning sun-bath. The bird in the photo look like a Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopilia humeralis) or a Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata).

tropical dove

The photo is shot with 24x digital zoom, so the photo quality is not pleasing.

Nov 8, 2010

Red Powder Puff Flower - Sensitive Briar

Close up photo of tropical red Powder Puff Flower or Sensitive Briar. On a closer look, Powder Puff flower look like a Mimosa Pudica flower.

Powder Puff Flower - Sensitive Briar

Calliandra haematocephala is a fast growing shrub that can grow tall but also spreads wide. If desired it can be kept smaller by trimming. Interesting enough the leaves close at night.

The buds before the flowers open look like raspberries. This large shrub can
be grown indoor if trimmed and grown in a pot but it will be best if you can grow it outside in a warm climate.

Powder Puff Flower - Sensitive Briar

Powder Puffs come in white as well. Power Puff originated from Bolivia.

Recommended reading:
* Photo of Dillenia Suffroticosa - Simpoh Air
* Ixora Petal And Water Droplets
* Pitcher Plants, Nepenthes, Monkey Cup

Oct 25, 2010

Chilasa clytia butterfly

Chilasa clytia, a common tropical butterfly found in Borneo. If not for the gloomy weather, the photo shoot would be perfect. The Chilasa clytia was just perching still on a flower and the air was still. A steady shot but lighting was a let down.

Chilasa clytia common tropical butterfly
About a foot away in normal macro mode (not zero macro).

Chilasa clytia common tropical butterfly
I think the photo above is about 5x lens zoom.

Chilasa clytia common tropical butterfly
A normal shot.

See my Flickr gallery as well for more tropical butterflies.

Oct 22, 2010

Dead Huntsman Spider

Photo of a dead Huntsman spider.

Dead Huntsman Spider

Recommended reading:
* Wasp spider of Borneo - Argiope bruennichi

Oct 20, 2010

Borneo Red Ants

Red ants or fire ants from Borneo.

Borneo Red Ants

Borneo Red Ants

The bodies of fire ants, like all insects' bodies, are broken up into three sections: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen, with three pairs of legs and a pair of antennae. Fire ants can be distinguished from other ants by their copper brown head and body with a darker abdomen. The worker ants are blackish to reddish, and their size varies from 2mm to 6 mm (0.12 in to 0.24 in). These different sizes of the ants can all exist in the same nest.

Recommended photos:
* Macro photos of red fire ants

Oct 14, 2010

Setora fletcheri slug caterpillar

Photo of a maroon spiky Setora fletcheri slug caterpillar. The slug caterpillar's decoration is not just for show. At any sign of danger, each cluster of spines blooms into a bristly sphere. Glands at the base of the spines produce venom rich in histamines--liquid peril for any would-be attacker.

Setora fletcheri slug caterpillar

Setora fletcheri showing warning coloration and spines loaded with toxins that erect when the slug is disturbed.

Photo shot at JP Jaban farm, 14th Mile Kuching Serian Road.

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