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INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO

 
     
  OTHER INSECTS  

 

"OTHER" here is with reference to pages for Moths and Butterflies and for Beetles and Bugs.

We lead off with some of the 'social insects', which in fact can be among the most anti-social.  At one point in Sumatra, the author had over 50 stingers removed from his face after blundering into the nest of some nameless type of hornets. Antihistamines are a handy addition to first aid kits in these jungles.  The rest is a mixture of some less defensive insects, which drew attention for one reason or another.

 

Bees, even the common-looking honey bees of the Apis genus, tend to have an attitude problem in these regions.  Then again, they have a rough life.  For one thing, Indonesians sometimes use bee larva to flavor rice.

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A very large bee, quite possibly Apis dorsata binghami, the local Sumatran version of the Giant Asian Honey Bee. Click to see big picture (506x480 pixels; 46 KB)
Bees nests congregate high in trees, making it very difficult for anyone hunting wild honey and beeswax.  Apis dorsata preferes to hang its huge nests in the giant Tualang Tree, as the size and smooth bark make access difficult. Click to see big picture (556x480 pixels; 131 KB)
A large hornet or wasp, perhaps a Megascolia sp. wasp. Click to see big picture (640x436 pixels; 146 KB)
Another giant insect buzzing loudly around a cabin in Papua New Guinea.  Maybe a Wasp Moth of the Amata genus, but they usually have patterned wings.  Perhaps a hummingbird moth (Macroglossum) but it lacks a tail stabilizer.  Click to see big picture (533x480 pixels; 96 KB)
A phallic termite nest, or perhaps some species of ant. Click to see big picture (313x480 pixels; 101 KB)
Ants are everywhere in the tropics, here one drags off a bee. Click to see big picture (640x418 pixels; 90 KB)
And lines of ants snake though the jungles-- be careful where you step. Click to see big picture (587x480 pixels; 147 KB)
A giant ant, placed on a durian for scale.  This would be known as a bullet ant in South America. Click to see big picture (640x363 pixels; 76 KB)
One of the most viscous types are the weaver ants, some of which defend trees.  The Oriental Weaver Ant, Oecophylla smaragdina, is actually used to defend fruit trees against pests. Click to see big picture (320x480 pixels; 70 KB)
Some mosquitoes also come in jumbo size, but these are not usually the dangerous species.  The smaller ones biting at your ankles are more likely to carry malaria and other nasty diseases, giant mosquito
A lot of things bite in the Indonesian forests, a few produce reaction rings.  Unlike ringworm, these have clear bites at the center.  In North America they would be a sign of lymes disease from a tick bite.  Here in Sumatra, they are just one of many types of assault. Click to see big picture (640x425 pixels; 101 KB)
One thing that does not bite are Cicadas, even giant ones.  This is a mood shot.  The cicada has spent the night in a freezer, and the hole in my leg is courtesy of a leech. Click to see big picture (640x426 pixels; 85 KB)
A look at the undersides of a Giant Cicada.  There are many species in Indonesia, this being apparently Platylomia perakana.  In Sumatra they are locally called Skitei or Wir-wir. Click to see big picture (501x480 pixels; 73 KB)
Maggots and other insect larva or grubs seem to appear anywhere that there is someting to eat.  Genus Cryptotympana

 

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Judging by the shape, this is a Katydid, known to Brits as a Bush Cricket.  There are some 6400 species described, in the family Tettigoniidae. Click to see big picture (507x480 pixels; 80 KB)
Dragon Flies abound in the Asian tropics, and a surprising portion of them are a bright red. Click to see big picture (512x480 pixels; 78 KB)
Comparison of red bodied Dragon Flies between Sumatra on the left and Borneo on the right. Click to see big picture (640x364 pixels; 68 KB)
Here is a Dragon Fly with red wings as well as body.  The best known species of this sort in the area is Neurothemis terminata. Click to see big picture (494x480 pixels; 75 KB)
Two versions of Walking Sticks, vegetarian and often wingless insects that rely on mimicry and camouflage to survive. They are part of the complex order Phasmatodae, and sometimes referred to as Phasmids. walking stick
Insects such as this that mimic green leaves are known as Walking Leaves or simply Leaf Insects.  They are mainly in a family of the Phasmatodae order, known as Phylliidae. (yes, with a double 'i') Click to see big picture (452x480 pixels; 139 KB)
And if green isn't your thing, some try to mimic dead leaves. dead leaf mimic
Some Praying Mantis species are smart enough to hang out near porch lights waiting for moths to be attracted.  This red-eyed mantis is consuming its catch.  They are also sometimes referred to as Preying Mantis due to their carnivorous habits. Click to see big picture (358x480 pixels; 71 KB)
There are roughly 2200 species of Praying Mantis described, in 9 families, within the order Mantidae.  Most are either green or brown, important camouflage for an ambush predator. Click to see big picture (461x480 pixels; 63 KB)
But here is a white species with exotic, conical eyes.  It is likely one of the Flower Mantises, Creobroter  sp. Click to see big picture (640x344 pixels; 79 KB)
And for something truly psychedelically adorned, may I introduce Calvisia punctulata in central Sumatra.  This is a stick insect, reported from parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. Click to see big picture (640x426 pixels; 151 KB)