Friday, July 17, 2015

Fauna of Khao Yai National Park

Khai Yai National Park is about two hours' drive from Bangkok. The main reason we went there, of course, was to look for my favorite lanternflies (Fulgoridae), especially the Pyrops. We managed to find five different species of them during our 5D/4N stay in the national park.

I will be hosting more macro workshops in locations in Thailand and also Borneo in the near future. Limited seats only with a maximum of 6 participants per workshop. Details will be announced in this blog once it is finalized.


Pyrops candelaria
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We managed to find only one individual of this species but luckily, we still managed to get decent shots of it.

How many bugs do you see in this image? Name all of them. Answers at the bottom of this image.
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Answers: Fulgoridae - Pyrops ducalis, Alydidae - Riptortus pedestris and a masked assassin (Reduviidae - Reduvius sp.?)

Pyrops ducalis
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Again, we found only one individual of this species but it was there all the time.

More Pyrops ducalis
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We walked 7km with our backpack and tripod just to find this beauty but it was all worth it!

Saiva gemmata
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We did find many many Saiva gemmata though.

Trophobiosis between gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus and lanternfly (Fulgoridae), - Saiva gemmata. Thailand
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More Saiva gemmata
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Aphaena submaculata
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Only one individual spotted.

Aphaena submaculata
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Aphaena cf. discolor
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Aphaena cf. discolor
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We found a total of three individuals at two different spots.

Check out this link for many more species of lanternflies!

Other invertebrates:

Siamese Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes gideon?)
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Unidentified longhorn beetle
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Fungus beetle attracted to the light at night
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Firefly beetle, Lamprigera sp.?
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Stag beetle, also attracted to the light at night
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Ground beetle, Carabidae on the wall of our chalet
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Mating pair of weevils
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Robber fly (Asilidae - Ommatius sp.?) with shield bug prey.
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Huntsman spider with roach prey
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Good looking jungle roach (Blattodea)
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Myrmicaria sp. ants enjoying honey dew excretes from a planthopper (Delphacid or Cixiid)
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Deer fly (Tabanidae) attracted to the light at night
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Platyja sp. (Erebinae). One of the hundreds of moths attracted to the light but I only picked the more interesting ones to photograph. Platyja sp. Erebinae
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Weaver ants vs beetle grub
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Cool wasp with long ovipositor, Stephanidae?
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A female scorpionfly
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Shield bug
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Herps (snakes, frogs, lizards)


An adult female Vogel's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus vogeli). Found her the first night we were there.
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Up close with the Vogel's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus vogeli). Female
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We also found many hatchlings of this species the following nights. This one was on a broken branch just a few inches from the ground! A young male Vogel's Pit Viper, I think.
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Trimeresurus vogeli. Male
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Trimeresurus vogeli. Male
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Trimeresurus vogeli. Male
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Trimeresurus vogeli. Female
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Trimeresurus vogeli. Female
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Trimeresurus vogeli. Female

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All the hatchlings / juveniles were found near the chalet we stayed in!

Banded Krait (Bungarus fasciatus). This one too, was found near our chalet!
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Only two species of snakes photographed. Also spotted a Ptyas sp. (rat snake) but no photo of it.

Check out this link for many more species of tropical snakes of Malaysia.


Female Calotes emma
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Male Calotes emma
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Skink, Sphenomorphus maculatus
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Sphenomorphus maculatus
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Cardamom Mountain Horned Agamid (Acanthosaura cardamomensis)Acanthosaura cardamomensis 2015-06-21 08 copy

Hemidactylus platyurus
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Hemidactylus platyurus
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Beautiful tree trunk :D.
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It's a Ptychozoon lionotum!

I actually spotted it trying to cross a main road in the park. So I rescued it and took a few pics of it before releasing it.
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Ptychozoon lionotum
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Ptychozoon lionotum
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Ptychozoon lionotum
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There were many Tokay Geckos right at the chalet itself! This one was in a slough though i.e. about to molt.
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Vibrant colors on this one :). Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko).
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Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko).
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Check out this link for more tropical lizards of Malaysia.


This one was the residential frog at the chalet. Polypedates sp.? P. leucomystax?
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Tiny froglet. Hylarana mortenseni?
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Hylarana mortenseni?
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Hylarana mortenseni?
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Hylarana mortenseni?
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Check out this link for more tropical frogs of Malaysia.


We were delighted to have come across two porcupines at night.Malayan porcupine (Hystrix brachyura)?, munching on coconut flesh. We weren't able to get close enough. Image heavily cropped.
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Sambar deer (Rusa unicolor). Many of them and they were quite friendly
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And a male sambar deer
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Tree-huggers :D busy photographing insects!
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Everyone wanted to have a profile picture taken together with this Pyrops ducalis


Group photo. All group photos are courtesy of Jenn Wei. Check out his blog entry about this trip here.
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Group photo with Andy Merk, an elephant expert from German. Check out his webpage on the wildlife of Khao Yai here.
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