Borneo Highlands centers on that most non-natural of rural habitats, a golf course. Nonetheless, a nightime stroll around the perimeter of the fairways, armed with a strong flashlight, can reveal all sorts of miniature delights lurking amid the bushes.
Phobaeticus chani, at over 56 cm. the longest insect in the world -- a 2008 discovery named in honour of our friend Datuk Chan Chew Lun, the driving force behind that invaluable source for all things biological in Sundaland, Natural History Publications (Borneo) Sdn. Bhd.).
Some were quite plain-looking, though still impressive...
While others were ornamented with a variety of fearsome-looking spikes.
Here is a sampling of stick insect relatives - grasshoppers, crickets and katydids, the last one on the wall of the resort itself.
Also attracted to the lights of the resort was this impressive dobsonfly, apparently of the genus Nevromus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae, Corydalinae). It appears to be a female; male dobsonflies have extremely elongated mandibles they use in mating displays. Perhaps ironically, only the females, with their normal-length mandibles, are capable of giving a painful bite.
Back along the golf course, amid the purple-leaved ornamental shrubs lining the fairways, I found an extremely spindly cranefly...
A handsomely-patterned caterpillar (what it will grow into I cannot tell)...
Spiders, both attractive and bizarre... the upper photo shows Neogea nocticolor [many thanks to Wong Chun Xing for the identification!]
And, representing the vertebrates,a series of handsome frogs (plus a few tadpoles in the streamlet along the trail that may well be theirs). I think all three of these photos show the same somewhat variable species, but I could not match them up with the animals on the excellent Frogs of Borneo web site beyond placing the frogs as members of the genus Rhacophorus. I appealed to my friend (and bird and frog expert) Yeo Siew Teck for help, and he sent me the following: "yes, it's under the Rhacophorus genus, we identified it as R.rufipes all this while but last year September I brought a herpetologist from Japan & he said this species looks superficially like the R.rufipes but could be other species, they have to identify it through DNA." So we may have a bit of a mystery on our hands!