Kubah National Park, Kuching Day 3
Day 3 and we’re venturing into foreign grounds at Kubah National Park. Some of us in the group had visited this park a couple of months ago and had a good catch, so things are looking bright for us on this day!!
Kubah National Park
#1 Melvyn found this bug while waiting for our transport. Either an assassin bug or leaf footed bug?
#2 Side view, but it’s “straw” was blocked
#3 Beautiful back with 2 rubies!
#4 Closer look
#5 Managed to get the driver to drop us off at the waterfall shelter, saving us a long walk up the slope.
#5b Not allowed to write or carve your own name. Can I carve everyone else’s name then?
#6 Lance wasted no time in searching for the tiger beetles that he chased during his last trip here, and found one for David to shoot at the edge of the mini cliff.
#7 Lance tried to hold onto David while doing the shot, but this picture turned out to be really suggestive….
#8 Attempting to show the danger in taking his shot, but don’t think you can see the drop off?
#9 Melvyn found a number of leeches, but think we forgot to keep an eye on them and wondered if they ventured into our bags
#10 A tiny Lynx Spider that David found.
#11 Top view of the Lynx Spider
#12 Front view, revealing the face of Monkey King!
#13 A Boxer Mantis that Melvyn found. Very tiny fella.
#14 Found this fat weevil resting right beside the shelter
#15 Took many shots of this weevil, but it was windy and pictures appeared blurry
#16 Another side view
#17 Can’t get enough of it!!
#18 Looks a little bit like a Monkey Hopper
#19 Front view, very thin head with a body about 5mm long
#20 Melvyn spotted this tiny praying mantis on a mossy tree, at the frog pond
#21 The side view reveals a very dinosaur-like outline!
#22 Speaking of dinosaurs, this Trilobyte Larva looks like something from the Jurassic era too!
#23 Closer look at its face
#24 Side view showing its really funky tail
#25 Record shot of the top view
#26 A toad found in Rayu Trail with interesting red spots on its back
#27 A shot of us shooting the toad
#28 Close up on its back. Rayu Trail didn’t have much subjects for us, and we quickly headed out to the main road.
#29 Melvyn preparing his camera to take a group photo
#30 Gathering near the start of the trail. We were all very hopeful of finding lantern bugs…. and kept looking up at the trees.
#31 Hunting here and there for lantern bugs
#32 Found ourselves out of the trail very quickly. No lantern bugs!!! Why does Melvyn always have that expression in photos anyway?
#33 We got on the main road back to the entrance, and found a few of these grasshoppers
#34 Territory of pitcher plants. Melvyn said there were leeches there, so nobody wanted to go in this area for too long
#35 David spotted this female Giraffe Weevil. First time seeing it and everyone got excited, but it disappeared after we took a couple of shots. Sadded.
#36 Net Winged Beetle
#37 Beautiful Damselfly with metallic coloured wings and black tips. Thanks to Melvyn and Wyn for the extra batteries, I ran flat after this shot!
#38 How Melvyn took his shot, with Wyn in the background going “don’t shoot meeeee!”
#39 Lance found this queer looking Praying Mantis. Very tiny and mobile little one.
#40 Didn’t manage to get much shots of this guy as we got disturbed by leeches on David’s bag
#41 Yet another head shot!
#42 Side view of the beautiful mantis
#43 The famous leech on David’s bag that got him all jumpy
#44 Finally got some decent food on the way back from Kubah!
#45 Seafood dinner ain’t complete without crabs
#46 After a satisfied meal. The lemon chicken was tasteless however, and Nick only told us never to order it, after we ordered it. -.-“”
Night Shoot at the Cabin
#47 Taking a short break before doing another round of shoots!
#48 Decided to stay in the cabin as a weevil decided to visit us
#49 Silhouette of the weevil on my diffuser
#50 Melvyn’s pretty pretty finger to show the size of the weevil. Wyn’s going to do some nail art on that nail some day…
#51 The reason that we could spend so much time shooting this weevil was this… it was flightly and always ended up somewhere around us after the flight.
#52 Peering over the leaf
#53 The weevil had a deep orange texture
#54 Otherwise, it was like any other weevil
#55 Away it flew!
#56 How the wings looked like before the flight
#57 I wanted to take a head shot of the preflight, but this was the closest I got
#58 This just about sums up the night. We released the weevil outside, felt sorry for the numerous flights it made after everything. But it kept landing on our neck, our face, our diffusers, our cameras, our windows, our tshirts, our pants, etc. Each time we put it back, it flew onto us again!
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