Gunung Santubong, Kuching Day 2
Day 2 of our trip, and we were all hopeful for more exotic finds. We realized… that we seemed to find more subjects in front of our cabin than in the jungle trails! James mentioned that maybe a trail that has more human traffic would chase away larger animals (that feed on insects) and that might allow the insect population to flourish. On the other hand, would more larger animals lead to lesser insects?
Permai Rainforest Resort Jungle Trail
#1 I was all ready to go earlier than the rest, and found this stick insect right outside our door! Beautiful orange and green colours!
#2 It preferred to dangle than to stand up. More comfortable I guess?
#3 This Katydid was perched along the railings right outside our cabin as well.
#4 Close up on its face, with the cyan coloured mouth parts
#5 Front view of the katydid, since it seemed happy to be basking in the morning sun
#6 Lance took several shots of the Katydid as well.
#7 A silly shot. Shooting a leech on Nick’s butt?
#8 Many robberflies in this area. Every time we walked to or from our cabin, we’d almost definitely find robberflies
#9 Pair of mating damselflies. Too high up to get a nice shot. 🙁
#10 A dead Whip Scorpion (Uropygi)
#11 All the gory details in natural light as the subject wouldn’t move, but there were flies hovering over it. 🙁
#12 Record shot of the view from the top
#13 And a shot of us taking pictures of the whip scorpion
#14 Moved the claws open, seemed like a really messy mouth it had!!
#15 The couple pounces on Lance as he unsuspectingly shoots the Whip Scorpion
#16 Melvyn found this Malaysian Dead Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys lobata)
#17 It had a very elegant body
#18 And perches like a cobra when viewed from the front. I took MANY shots to get this angle, as it refused to keep still.
#19 Evidence of the peekaboo session we had
#20 Can’t get enough of this guy
#21 Got sick of me and decided to move away
#22 It went back to a tree trunk and climbed up way out of our view
#23 Bright yellow mushrooms littered the trail.
#24 A red assassin bug? Believe it or not, thats all that I managed to shoot for the entire day. Lots of climbing around but not a lot of finds.
Night Shoot at Our Cabin
#25 Big, lazy weevil
#26 A large stick insect (5 inches) with green coloured thorns on its body
#27 Side view of the huge fella
#28 He really looked like Megatron from the recent Transformers movies…
#29 Side view of Megatron
With a lesser than expected catch on our 2nd day, we were not as hopeful for the subsequent 2 days to march into the same trail again. We then decided to make a day trip to Kubah National Park and find the real bugs of Borneo!!
Stay tuned for Day 3…
Read the other posts from this trip:
- Gunung Santubong, Kuching Day 1
- Gunung Santubong, Kuching Day 2
- Kubah National Park, Kuching Day 3
- Gunung Santubong Beach, Kuching Day 4