Sunday, December 26, 2010

Drepanosticta rufostigma

Borneo is rich in family Platystictidae, and most members of Platystictidae are endemic species. Drepanosticta rufostigma is a member of Platystictidae, and it is endemic to Borneo.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Drepanosticta actaeon

Drepanosticta actaeon is an endemic damselfly species to Borneo. It has so far been found in Sabah.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Neurothemis santaclausi

This is a Neurothemis santaclausi found in Peninsular Malaysia. This species is very seasonal, it only comes out in late December and early January annually. It totally disappears in the other months of the year. Odonatologists are still figuring the reason for this extreme behaviour!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tetrathemis platyptera

Tetrathemis platyptera is quite similar to T. irregularis. However, T. platyptera is easily recognized by its tinted wing bases, of which lacking in T. irregularis. Tetrathemis platyptera is much less common than T. irregularis.

Libellago stigmatizans

Libellago stigmatizans is a beutiful damselfly species with a bit of orange colour on the head. It is normally found at rocky forest streams.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rhinocypha humeralis

Rhinocypha humeralis is found abundantly in Imbak Canyon (Borneo Sabah). The blue marking on the side of its abdomen is just beautiful. The female of R. humeralis is rather dull in colour, but the wing tips is dark.

a male Rhinocypha humeralis

a female Rhinocypha humeralis

Monday, December 6, 2010

Rhinagrion elopurae

Rhinagrion elopurae is truely an elegant damselfly from Borneo......

a male Rhinagrion elopurae

a female Rhinagrion elopurae

Vestalis beryllae

Borneo is extremely rich in Vestalis species. These Vestalis species are hardly distingiushed by photographs except V. beryllae. Vestalis beryllae has extremely long abodomen. It could be straight away recognized from far by its long abdomen. Vestalis beryllae is normally spotted at slope far away from water, and always only present in one or two individuals. I photographed this V. beryllae at the ridge of Imbak Canyon. It was a tough and tiring journey to go up to the ridge of Imbak Canyon, and this nice V. beryllae photo paid off the sweat and hard work of me climbing up to the dangerous ridge!

Imbak Canyon - A Haven on Earth

I'm back from Imbak Canyon (Sabah)!

Full of excitement, full of adventures, full of joy, full of everything...... Imbak Canyon is truely a haven on earth.

Over 30 species of Odonata have been recorded within 10 days of field work in Imbak Canyon. I managed to snap good shots on few of these species, and I shall share with you in the next few blog entries......

the misty morning of Kangkawat River

another view of misty morning of Kangkawat River

the magnificent Kuli Waterfall

Crossing Imbak River to get into Imbak Canyon Conservation Area