Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kota Kinabalu Macro Trip

Some of the creatures I photographed during my macro/nature photography trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo).

Pyrops heringi - the main reason for the impromptu trip to Kota Kinabalu :D
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Unfortunately, this rare beauty was on a tree on a slope and we couldn't get any closer.

Cropped from this image. A 400mm F5.6 would have come in handy at that time!
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More amazing lantern bugs /lanternflies of Malaysia here.

Beautiful lacewing that flew to the light at night!
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Chrysopidia (s. str.) sp. - ID suggested by Roberto A. Pantaleoni.

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More beautiful Neuropterans here.

Nice looking cicada
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Another cicada, big one.
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Unidentified tarantula we found at night. More tropical spiders here.
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Unidentified spider, also found at night.
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Huntsman with prey, and some opportunistic flies.
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Wandering spider, Ctenidae.
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Back lit Gasteracantha sp.(?) spider.
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More tropical spiders here.

Spiny stick insect. Haaniella sp. , probably H. echinata. ID credit: Alvaro Perez Gomez.
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Really wild colors on this stick insect! Calvisia sp. (C. punctulata?). ID credit: Devon Henderson.
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A closer look
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Another stick insect
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Mantis. More mantids here.
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Treehopper with broken horn
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Cool black cockroach we found at night. Catara minor. More creatures from night macro here.
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A different centipede
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Cricket. More Orthoptera here.
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Assassin bug. More assassin bugs here.
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Beetle. More tropical beetles here.
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Longhorn beetle, Gnoma sp.(?)
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Golden Naped Barbet.
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Eating berries, yum.
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Phoxophrys cephalum
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More tropical reptiles and amphibians here.

Phoxophrys cephalum
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Phoxophrys cephalum
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Phoxophrys cephalum
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Phoxophrys cf. cephalum
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Phoxophrys cf. cephalum
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Rhacophorus baluensis
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Rhacophorus baluensis
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Rhacophorus baluensis
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Rhacophorus baluensis
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Juvenile Kerangas Bush Frog (Philautus saueri- ID credit: Jason Luke ) IMG_1487 copy

Juvenile Kerangas Bush Frog (Philautus saueri- ID credit: Jason Luke )
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 Kerangas Bush Frog? (Philautus petersi?)
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Kerangas Bush Frog? (Philautus petersi?)
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Kerangas Bush Frog? (Philautus petersi?)
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Kerangas Bush Frog? (Philautus petersi?)
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Kerangas Bush Frog? (Philautus petersi?)
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A juvenile Mossy Tree Frog (Philautus macroscelis - ID credit: Jason Luke)IMG_1355 merged copy

 Mossy Tree Frog (Philautus macroscelis - ID credit: Jason Luke)
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 Mossy Tree Frog (Philautus macroscelis - ID credit: Jason Luke)
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 Mossy Tree Frog (Philautus macroscelis - ID credit: Jason Luke)
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More tropical amphibians and reptiles here.

All images taken with a Canon 40D with either:

a) Sigma 150 mm + 1.4x extender, with or without tripod, natural light, day time.
b) MP-E65 1x - 5x macro lens, MT-24EX, concave diffuser, night time.

However, if you are in Malaysia, try not to get Sigma as the service center is super slow. I sent my Sigma 150mm in for repair some time ago and it took them more than 2 months to repair it.


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