Freshwater shrimp in a catchment channel.
Macrobrachium sp., likely M. formosense 台灣沼蝦
16 Jul 2014.
Trabala vishnou female laying a trail of eggs on my wallpaper.
She came in through the window just now and is now resting to spend her last moments with her brood. :(
The brown furry protective hairs coating her eggs are shredded from her abdomen.
#late night blogging
6 Jun 2014, HK island east.
Leaf-footed Bug Pseudomictis distinctus, on leaves of their favourite food plant, the white jade orchid tree (Michelia x alba).
Top: adult female; Bottom: mating pair with a nearby nymph
[Coreidae, Coreinae, Mictini]
3-25 Aug 2013, HK Island east.
Calotes versicolor in the dusk
Photos taken on 7 Aug 2013, Hong Kong Island east.
Adult total body length estimated 40 cm. This is a medium sized insectivore lizard belonging to the family Agamidae, common in Hong Kong throughout the territory.
These lizards love sun basking, are often found on walls and shrubs everywhere enjoying the noon sun, prefer open lands and dry shrublands to dense forests, and are often quite bold (in my experience) - they would often allow me within 3 feet and stare back at me for a good long while, before fleeing.
They are normally able to change their body patterns and colours up to an extent, in response to environmental variations. During breeding season in spring, the heads and upper bodies of sexually mature males will turn a brilliant shade of red. Their gular folds also turn red with a patch of inky black in courtship display.
This species is widely distributed from southern Iran eastwards to southern China, and southwards to Indonesia.