Wildlife of the Philippines (2)

Wildlife of the Philippines (2)

Cebu : Philippines | Aug 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 08/29/12

At this moment I’m still gamboling in the island of Bohol and the other day I was talking about, the world’s smallest primate. Today I had one of the rangers at the Tarsier Visitors Center showed me around some of the trails where I met this little sweetie but scary tree snake. I tell you it’s not quite cute as the tarsier, but for me I’m lucky today to stumble across it, and oh that two-tone red and black tongue really stick’s out. Uhg!

I’m not supposed to be in the forest in this trip, but since I’m already here, I might as well kill my time wondering around this well preserved park. It was good I’ve have my ever handy digital camera with me.

I got this caterpillar, the closest one which I believe might belong to a species of skipper butterfly. If I’m correct then the photo only half counts, since the skipper family is wedged somewhere between regular butterflies and moths.

Now, talking about moths, here's one I photographed during this trip. Although, it’s not a very clear shot, indeed it's obviously a very strange looking insect. At first I thought that it was impersonating an ant, with the back portion of its wings shaped to look like the bulb of an ant's body, and the white-tipped antennae jerking around as if an ant's antennae. Though I can't even figure out why it has the feathery bumps on its rear legs, which it's sticking up like a mosquito. And the curled things fastened to the base of its head are just uncanny, they appear to be they're in the place where its tubular mouthparts should be.

Since I haven’t photographed any butterflies because there was no single butterfly in the vicinity, but at least I did get a few shots of an almost equally photographable group of insects, the dragonflies.

This one I snapped goes by a fancy scientific name Neurothemis ramburii ramburii, it sounds like they like to rumble anytime. Occasionally they are called a variable skimmer, and is therefore a member of the largest family of dragonflies, called skimmers or perchers, which contains over 1000 species.

The picture enclosed is Agrionoptera insignis to its scientific friends, and the red swampdragon to everyone else! A few years ago a friend of mind Mr. R. Seaman photographed similar to this is one of the dragonflies of Fiji. A few of which ended up on a set of Fijian postage stamps, for which he also wrote the accompanying brochure.

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skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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