Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tropical Rain Forest

What a beautiful tropical rain forest of Malaysia....

Burmagomphus divaricatus

I spotted a newly emerged Burmagomphus divaricatus by a forest stream. It is a male.

Poor Little Thing

This female Orthetrum testaceum has to succumb to a spider web. What a poor little thing.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cephalaeschna laidlawi

Cephalaeschna laidlawi or some other workers calling it as Periaschna laidlawi is a rare montane dragonfly species in Peninsular Malaysia. Before my encounter on this species, only a few specimens have been collected by other workers (Forster 1908; Laidlaw 1931; Kawashima and Sasamoto 2006). Forster (1908) and Laidlaw (1931) collected one male and two female adults. On the other hand, Kawashima and Sasamoto (2006) collected three larvae (two males and one female - all successfully bred to emergence).

My first time to encounter this species was in 2007 - a few larvae were collected from a forest stream and successfully bred to emergence. My second time to encounter it was in 2011 - a few beautiful male adults were collected in the wild. It means that I am the second person to encounter male adult (not from emergence) in the wild after Forster (1908). How lucky I was.....

I supposed many might not have seen the real full colour of this species (newly emerged adult might not have yet to develop full colour). Here you go....

Archibasis rebeccae

Archibasis rebeccae was described from Batu Malim, Pahang. It is no longer endemic to Peninsular Malaysia as it has been recorded in Singapore (Ngaim 2009). Archibasis rebeccae is definitely not a common damselfly species though I have seen it from the north to the south of Peninsular Malaysia. Surprisingly, it is quite comfortable living in oil palm plantation.

Ngiam, R.W.J. 2009. The record of Archibasis rebeccae Kemp, 1989 in Singapore (Odonata: Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Nature in Singapore 2:449-452.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Begoniaceae - Begonia alpina

This is Begonia alpina.....

Goodeniaceae - Scaevola taccada

Scaevaloa taccada is a coastal plant with unique beautiful flower.

Lowiaceae - Orchidantha

Orchidantha siamensis (Lowiaceae) is found in Peninsular Malaysia!

Weedy Flower

This weedy plant has tiny flowers look like hibiscus.... It is Urena lobata.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Aroid Plant

This is an aroid plant Cyrtosperma merkusii found at forested swamp.