Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mission to Complete

Dear Blogger Friends,

I have decided to offline for a while from blogging world. Not for a long time but only for 87 days. I have a mission to be completed this coming 87's 85 days left now.

So, i may not update this blog regularly since i need to concentrate with my mission. I create new blog dedicated to this mission at: MY 87 DAYS MISSION. If you guys wonder what is my mission visit this blog. Yai! I really need to work hard on it.

Wish me luck guys! Till then!


Dragonflies and damselflies are among the largest and most colourful insects. They are carnivorous and can hunt prey while flying about. They breed in water. The eggs hatch into a brown nymph which spends up to four years in the water before emerging as the colourful adult. Both are belong to the order Odonata. Order Odonata divide into three suborders: Zygoptera, the damselflies; Anisoptera, the dragonflies; and Anisozygoptera, a group somewhere in between the two. The Anisozygoptera suborder includes only one or two living odonates.

Dragonflies and damselflies are large or moderate sized predaceous insects. The body is long, often slender. The head is big with very large and prominent eyes. The antennae are thin and very short. They have four wings which are approximately the same size. The wings are membraneous with many veins. They have six legs with hooks. Hooks are also found on the tail end of males for clasping females. Nymphs of dragonflies and damselflies are aquatic.

How to differentiate between these two suborders? Here is some information that you can use to identify whether it is dragonflies or damselflies.
i. Dragonflies are big and acrobatic in flight. They like to attract attention. Damselflies are small and dainty and only fly short distances.
ii. Dragonfly resting or feeding holds its four wings straight out from its body. Damselflies at rest hold their wings folded or slightly spread, but close to their bodies.
iii. The fore and hind wings of a damselfly are the same shape. They all have narrow bases at the point of attachment to the abdomen. The wings of a dragonfly are different shapes. The fore wings have narrow bases while the hind wings are wide at the base.
iv. The aquatic nymphs of dragonflies and damselflies are also different. Nymphs of the damselflies have three tails like projections. These are gills, and are absent in dragonfly nymphs.

Hope this info will help those who did not know about this pretty insects. This three photos are the best shots that i ever did for a dragonflies. I never success to capture any of their photos before. I was lucky that this guy did not move while i am trying to get closer to him. Next time i will try to get a photos of damselflies but i know it will be more difficult to get. Till then!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cricket Again?

 Trying to hide from me. He turn his back and ignoring my existence. Perching on the wild orchid's flower.

Me? Still trying to get his photos. Behind the petals of the flower hiding Mr. Ant. Moving so fast until i missed him in both of my photos. It's okay Mr. Ant, i will get you some other time. Till then!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

1000 visitors from 47 countries

First of all, i want to thanks all my viewers, friends from near and far for viewing and visit my site. At 2240 hrs today my site has reach 1000 visitors from 47 countries counted since 27th March 2010. This widget i add to my blog 4 months ago just to know which country is my viewers were from.

The highest viewers must be from my own country, friends from Malaysia with 364 views, followed by United States with 291 views and United Kingdom with 150 views.

Thank you so much for all of your support and i will keep on update my blog with more stories and photos of wildlife of Borneo. It is my passion and i will keep on doing it. I love nature so much and will share it with all of my viewers. Till then!!

Hunting Butterfly..... Again!

After I saw Mr. Green Cricket, i met this little friend not far from me. I want to take his picture while his wings flipped but he seems to be avoiding me. I tried my best to get his shots and these two is some of it. I still remember early this year i did hunt for a butterfly photos as well. See Hunting Butterfly where i captured a butterfly photos on flowers. Hmm..still i find it is difficult to get pretty picture of Mr. Butterfly. It is okay, i will keep on tried my best to get another one after this.

A tiny one with brown in colour. There was a big round eyes on the back of the wings. It is for sure just to do some camouflage and protect him from his predator. 

I will not give up Mr. Butterfly, i will get another species next time. There are a lots of different species of butterfly in Bornean forest. Till then!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Comouflage & Mimicry by Mr. Green Cricket

Camouflage and mimicry are adaptations some animals use as protection from predators. An animal that uses camouflage looks like things in its environment. It might look like a leaf, a twig, or a rock. Animals that use mimicry use colors and markings to look like another animal.

That is what Mr. Green Cricket doing. They just look like the green leaf where both of them perch. I almost overlook them for my first glance but then i realize there was something on the leaf. 

Just looks like the green leaf. The coloration is really similar. 

However, i only got the chance for about two minutes to captured their photos. This two is the best that i can get. They really gave me their best pose. Enjoy their photos. Till then.