Khao Yai National Park – Day 4

13 March 2012
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Our final day shoot and we told ourselves not to be too slack, as we had been hiding at the balcony for almost the whole of day 3! Off we went to the nearby waterfalls, and then made a short walk to one of the trails.

Behind the scenes shots from Melvyn’s Sony TX5, Nicky’s Galaxy SII, David’s LX5.

  1. Some morning monkey business outside the cabin

  2. This pretty one decided to stop by too

  3. Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha kuhli) - DSC_5724
  4. The “cat face” spiny back orb weaver was still around in the morning, so I took a couple more shots

  5. Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha kuhli) - DSC_5749
  6. Interestingly, the patterns on the abdomen were also gyrating in a very slow pace!

  7. Firefly larva (Lampyridae) - DSC_5783
  8. The firefly larva was still nearby, and I took some test shots too

  9. Firefly larva (Lampyridae) - DSC_5799
  10. Close up. Had to pan to chase it, as it walked non stop

  11. Firefly larva (Lampyridae) - DSC_5804
  12. Walk walk walk walk walk

  13. Firefly larva (Lampyridae) - DSC_5813
  14. Opened the aperture to get a nicer background, but compensating with a thinner DOF

  15. Firefly larva (Lampyridae) - DSC_5827
  16. Still moving non stop

  17. Firefly larva (Lampyridae) - DSC_5831
  18. Final shot before it found a crevice to hide into

  19. Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_5856
  20. A very small longhorn beetle

  21. Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_5857
  22. Record shot from above

  23. Scorpion-tailed Orb Weaver (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_5891
  24. Found this scorpion-tailed spider (Arachnura sp.) way above our heads

  25. Scorpion-tailed Orb Weaver (Arachnura sp.) - DSC_5930
  26. Side view to show the tail

  27. Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha kuhli) - DSC_5958
  28. Found more of the “cat face” orb weaver, very bright sun in the background

  29. Spiny Back Orb Weaver (Gasteracantha kuhli) - DSC_5970
  30. Here’s what it looked like without flash

  31. Tick (Ixodida) - DSC_5984
  32. The place was also infested with ticks.. some rather big ones!

  33. Tick (Ixodida) - DSC_6001
  34. Some had different patterns on the back

  35. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6021
  36. On the same plant, we found this crab spider guarding her egg sac

  37. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6025
  38. Fondling her egg sac every once in a while

  39. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6066
  40. Taking a defensive stance

  41. Crab Spider (Thomisidae) - DSC_6079
  42. And then back to staring at her kids to be

  43. Frog - DSC_6085
  44. We were chasing a tiny little frog, but it played dead when we tried to scoop it up, and to our surprise, it held on to the tip of this dead leaf! Quite a funny pose… 😛

  45. Frog - DSC_6111
  46. From the side, it looked like any other dirty litter frog

  47. Frog - DSC_6122
  48. The view from above gave rather different colours! As if it was coated with petroleum…

  49. Frog - DSC_6166
  50. Peering up at the sky, before it decided to stop playing dead and jumped off

  51. Goofing around at the bridge

  52. Scorpionfly (Mecoptera) - DSC_6221
  53. As we entered the trail, Lance found a little fly with it’s wings opened.. and immediately told me that it could be a Scorpionfly (Mecoptera).

  54. Scorpionfly (Mecoptera) - DSC_6217
  55. True enough, it is a Scorpionfly! And a male one, lucky us!

  56. Scorpionfly (Mecoptera) - DSC_6233
  57. We were very careful in approaching the Scorpionfly, just in case we scared it off. Luckily, it was not super skittish and we could take a number of shots before it really disappeared.

  58. Ants (Formicidae) - DSC_6248
  59. Ben found this pair of ants, not sure what they were doing though??

  60. Mushrooms - DSC_6251
  61. We found a mass of weird looking fungi

  62. Mushrooms - DSC_6255
  63. Reminded me of speakers in those dolby surround sequences

  64. Mushrooms - DSC_6256
  65. Lots of them, but didn’t know what angle to shoot from

  66. Dammit.. they found a huge leech on my back!

  67. Lots of leeches coming towards us…!

  68. Portia sp. ambushing another spider below - DSC_6264
  69. We also found this male Portia sp. waiting on another spider’s web in ambush. The host spider hides below.

  70. Portia sp. ambushing another spider below - DSC_6276
  71. Backlit shot highlights the palps

  72. Portia sp. ambushing another spider below - DSC_6289
  73. From this angle, we can see a part of the hidden host spider below

  74. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_6322
  75. We had initially missed this planthopper on the 2nd day near our cabin, but are lucky enough to find it again!

  76. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_6326
  77. View of the back

  78. Planthopper (Fulgoromorpha) - DSC_6333
  79. Very interesting and cute – black with white spots

  80. Stopped by at the waterfall for some photo-taking

  81. Ben, always the center of attraction

  82. As above… 😛

  83. Since he was into portraits, we made him the model of the day

  84. Bored monkeys

  85. Our photographer took so long that we had to show him the finger

  86. More silly shots

  87. Apparently David did not know what went on behind him… lol

  88. Been shooting macro day and night… tired… NOT!

  89. Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_6350
  90. Back at the balcony, and found this assassin bug flying around

  91. Assassin Bug (Reduviidae) - DSC_6385
  92. Ok maybe not an assassin.. rostrum doesn’t look much like one of an assassin bug

  93. Dung Beetle (Scarabaeoidea) - DSC_6424
  94. Dung beetle, can’t find any dung for it to roll around. lol

  95. Dung Beetle (Scarabaeoidea) - DSC_6425
  96. Final moments with the dung beetle before it flew off to the ceiling

  97. Water Measurer (Hydrometridae) - DSC_6397
  98. Melvyn found this super weird assassin bug on our curtain.. like a thread/stick??

  99. Water Measurer (Hydrometridae) - DSC_6448
  100. The slightly bulging eyes stood out from the thin thread-like body

  101. Water Measurer (Hydrometridae) - DSC_6469
  102. Lower view reveals the long rostrum

  103. Water Measurer (Hydrometridae) - DSC_6520
  104. Another experiment with back lighting

  105. Moth - DSC_6511
  106. A visiting moth on our curtain

  107. Moth - DSC_6535
  108. This moth was perched at our balcony table, and as I was shooting it, noticed that Melvyn’s coffee cup was in the background. Might as well try letting it be the background! lol

  109. Moth - DSC_6554
  110. Another composition

  111. Moth - DSC_6569
  112. Frontal shot

  113. Moth - DSC_6587
  114. Side view

  115. Moth - DSC_6598
  116. Suddenly, the antenna stands up

  117. Moth - DSC_6624
  118. Final shot before moving on to other subjects visiting our balcony

  119. Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumonidae) - DSC_6632
  120. A very weird looking fly on our curtain. Ichneumon wasp?

  121. Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumonidae) - DSC_6635
  122. Top view

  123. Cicada (Cicadidae) - DSC_6641
  124. A cicada stops by as well. Very bright green, possibly fresh from molt

  125. Cicada (Cicadidae) - DSC_6671
  126. Peekaboo!

  127. Some light painting had to be done at night. Here’s to winning more 4D!! HUAT AH!

  128. Our rendition of MACRO

  129. And.. just for laughs 🙂

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