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Author:  JasonMD [ Wed May 15, 2013 2:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Brightly coloured bug (Beetle?)

Saw this very brightly coloured bug also, anyone know what it is?

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Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Wed May 15, 2013 3:10 pm ]
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It's a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela Aurulenta).
They're hatching in May/June every year and are becoming quite common for a few weeks only, probably the most colourful of the huge number of Lamma bug species, up to one inch long, shy and totally harmless to humans, like almost all Lamma bugs.

See my post and pictures from June 2011, in the long-running "Strange Bugs" forum:
"They're swarming all over the paths right now, this was one of literally hundreds I saw on the way up the steps behind the Sok Kwu Wan Tin Hau Temple yesterday, on my way up to Ling Kok Shan (the hill behind Sok Kwu Wan with the TV antennas)."

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The road surface looks almost the same behind our two shots. 1st Cable Road in the Tai Wan Village area, by any chance?

Author:  JasonMD [ Wed May 15, 2013 3:24 pm ]
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Amazing colours, shame my phone couldn't take a better picture, this one was just behind Wang Long but I saw more near where I saw the Chinese Cobra and finally a Lantern bug resting on our roof, very brave little fella, didn't flinch as I got right up to him with super macro on

Lamma-Gung wrote:
It's a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela Aurulenta).
They're hatching in May/June every year and are becoming quite common for a few weeks only, probably the most colourful of the huge number of Lamma bug species, up to one inch long, shy and totally harmless to humans, like almost all Lamma bugs.

See my post and pictures from June 2011, in the long-running "Strange Bugs" forum:
"They're swarming all over the paths right now, this was one of literally hundreds I saw on the way up the steps behind the Sok Kwu Wan Tin Hau Temple yesterday, on my way up to Ling Kok Shan (the hill behind Sok Kwu Wan with the TV antennas)."

The road surface looks almost the same behind our two shots. 1st Cable Road in the Tai Wan Village area, by any chance?


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Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Wed May 15, 2013 4:13 pm ]
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Splitting these photos out of the Snakes and Reptiles topic where they were posted first, but don't belong.

I've just finished editing my photos of the recent Night Safari guided tour in Sok Kwu Wan. Loads of more bugs are out at night, but it's very challenging to find, light and photograph them...

Please post more pretty bugs found on Lamma!

Author:  JasonMD [ Wed May 22, 2013 4:36 pm ]
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And a um "red bug" seen recently, again no idea what it is

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Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Wed May 22, 2013 5:06 pm ]
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Ah, the Weaver Maid fruit bugs are out again!

Let me check the name by searching our public 11-year archive of Lamma matters (Search box at the top of the home page)....

These still unnamed bugs really love the fruits of the Weaver Maid tree (Scarlet Sterculia Lanceolata):
Lamma-zine, June 29, 2010: Weaver Maid Fruit Orgy

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JasonMD, I've just put your Tiger Beetle as Wildlife Photo of the Week at the top of this forum and onto the home page this afternoon, and you're already posting the next fine photo. Great, please continue!

Author:  JasonMD [ Fri May 24, 2013 6:34 pm ]
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ok thx! You asked for it... not sure wether to keep adding here though, lots of butterflies out today enjoying the sun

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Author:  JasonMD [ Fri May 24, 2013 6:35 pm ]
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Another

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Author:  JasonMD [ Fri May 24, 2013 6:38 pm ]
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Looks grasshopper-ish

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Author:  JasonMD [ Fri May 24, 2013 6:39 pm ]
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The orb-weavers are back, small atm but they'll grow...

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Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Fri May 31, 2013 4:48 pm ]
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It's the bug season of love...

Lots of connected couples around at the moment, some even flying, which is quite an admirably acrobatic feat...

These two cicadas are making sure that we'll enjoy their species' extremely noisy, shrieking love songs every spring for many 17-year generations to come.

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Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:45 pm ]
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A Golden Orb Spider shortly after shedding its exoskeleton. The new exoskeleton is still soft and takes time to dry and harden, so the spider looks limp.

Their huge nets are all over the island now. Carry a stick while hiking to clear the path in front of you, I've even seen a web across Cable Road! It's a pretty icky feeling walking into one of these webs by mistake and it's really hard to get the tough strands out of your hair and clothes. I speak from experience. Fortunately, the spiders scurry away quickly when their webs are disturbed and never seem to attack any big, dumb animals damaging their webs...

These extremely common spiders have so much to eat now as many flying insects, like the White Ants, are swarming these weeks, many ending up in the large webs. They're growing quickly now and will soon become almost as big as a hand, so they' have to shed their inflexible exoskeletons quite frequently.

Here's a photo shot by Melon of Run 2 Tree Studio, during our eco-tour to Pak Kok last Sunday morning, eco-tour #4 of the Conservancy Association, The Lamma Greenhouse.

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