From Australia Eileen and I finally returned to Sarawak, where we found ourselves caught up our usual round of friends and family. With the exception of a short trip to the beach resort at Damai (of which more in a later post), I did not have a chance to get out in the field again until April 28, 2011, when our old friend Lord Cranbrook, in Kuching on his annual visit, invited us to join him on an outing to a small cave in the limestone karst country on the road to Borneo Highlands.
Back on the forest floor, I found tiny fruiting bodies of fungi sprouting from the leaf litter.
As we made our way out of the forest I was delighted to find quite a few dragonflies about. Along a tiny stream in the forest I found this male Trithemis festiva. The photo is a bit too dark to show clearly one of its distiguishing marks, a series of ochre patches on the upper side of the abdomen, but believe me, they're there.
When I first started assembling and labelling these photos, I confess I got many of the identifications wrong. I at first misidentified this one as Brachydiplax chalybea (hence the file name on the photograph), but it is much more likely to be Orthetrum glaucum.
This, despite the file label, is Urothemis signata; note the red eyes and wing venation.
Don't believe the file name on this one either: it is, I now think, Orthetrum chrysis.
Got this one wrong, too: it is Orthetrum testaceum, not Crocothemis servilia. For one thing, it has brown, not red, eyes; and for the technically minded, it has a complte antenodal crossvein. I'm better at these now because I have the very useful A Photographic Guide to the Dragonflies of Singapore by Tang Hung Bun et al., which covers a lot of the common Borneo dragons and has very helpful comparison pages on the red and blue libellulids, groups I find particularly confusing.
On to butterflies: this is a member of the genus Ariadne, likely an Angled Castor (Ariadne pallidior).