Nocturnal Creatures of Mandai

16 November 2010
A rainy night adventure into Mandai, and we chanced upon one of the largest longhorn beetles I’ve ever seen! The Long-Horned Beetle (Batocera rubus) is a pest to many hardwood trees by chewing into them. The females can deposit up to 200 eggs on tree barks, and it may take 12 to 18 months for the young to emerge as adult beetles. The beetle can grow up to 40mm in length, much larger than many other longhorn beetles.

    Longhorn Beetle (Batocera rubus) - DSC_9111
  1. First encounter of the Long-Horned Beetle (Batocera rubus) under a leaf, with an ant staring up at it’s face. View more photos of longhorn beetles here.

  2. Longhorn Beetle (Batocera rubus) - DSC_9132
  3. View of it’s head from above

  4. Longhorn Beetle (Batocera rubus) - DSC_9135
  5. Wider view, the “horns” or feelers are typically as long as it’s body

  6. Longhorn Beetle (Batocera rubus) - DSC_9143
  7. Closeup on the face. This beetle’s left wing was badly damaged and could no longer fly.

  8. Fungus Weevil (Anthribidae) - DSC_9165
  9. Fungus weevil (Anthribidae). A “horse-faced” weevil found on a tree bark. View more photos of fungus weevils.

  10. Cicada (Cicadidae) - DSC_9182
  11. Freshly molted cicada (the molt just dropped) drying it’s wings before taking flight.

  12. Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_9208
  13. Another night creature, the Tailless Whip Scorpion (or Whip Spider) found on a tree bark

  14. Tailless Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi) - DSC_9228
  15. Low angled close up on it’s face

  16. Fungus Beetle? - DSC_9236
  17. Handsome fungus beetle (Eumorphus sp. View more photos of handsome fungus beetles.

  18. Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_9244
  19. A Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) resting on a leaf, probably sleeping. View more photos of tiger beetles.

  20. Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_9253
  21. Low angled side profile, it was raining when I shot this

  22. Tiger Beetle (Cicindelinae) - DSC_9259
  23. Close up on the beetle’s head

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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