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Possible.............. was however found at the top of Tai Shan, a long way up & away from the beach.
Is wingless, and is like a grasshopper, and when touched felt very rubbery. From antennae to foot was about 3 - 4 ins.
Is a night dweller as photo was taken around midnight


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Unfortunately the book gives no indication of size, but I'd say it's a very positive ID having compared the two pics. Actually, going back to the text, I think the location given (rocky shore at high water mark) refers to where that particular specimen was found and wasn't necessarily meant to indicate typical habitat. I think yours is a male, as the female has a long ovipositor for laying eggs at the back end.

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Have you ever seen one of these fellows?

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No, but I have seen one of these....
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What about this one?


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Yep, think it is this chap.......
Some sort of Cicada methinks......
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This is an almost unbelievably good shot, technically and visually almost perfect!

Can we get the camera specs for this photo, please?
Distance? Tripod? Post-processing?

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
This is an almost unbelievably good shot, technically and visually almost perfect!

Can we get the camera specs for this photo, please?
Distance? Tripod? Post-processing?


Think you might be getting a little carried away there L-G, but thanks nonetheless.
Specs........ ?? Tripod ?? Post processing?? Questions questions.
So how about the full story...

Think it is a Cicada.
I was sitting in front of my pond (after 1 year of work it still leaks !!) and thinking it really is about time I started doing some macro shots (have been thinking the D3 would be really forgive my shortcomings), when this green chap landed on my bare knee.
I wondered...., is this a sign ? I really should try & get a shot. Nah, he'll fly off in a second.

Ten minutes later of staring at one another...... I thought yes....., lets give it a try. So I started crabbing my way through the french windows into the living room in the direction of my camera, trying not to disturb the little critter......... stumbled, and realised how stupid I'd been.
I mean really....., how was I going to get the 500mm off the D3 & stick the 105mm on...., and then screw the ballhead mount on the camera, get the other tripod & set everything up and photograph a Cicada on my knee....., as if I even wanted a photo of a Cicada on my knee.
Old age & senility is taking hold quicker than I thought !!!

Then I looked down & incredibly he was still there. So I went for it.
Gently picked him up, took him outside and placed him on the piece of wood...... he didn't even blink an eyelid.
Went inside & set things up with the camera & tripod....., suddenly realising how different it is taking macro shots.
Didn't have a clue how to set up.
Went outside & incredibly he was still there.

Looked thru the viewfinder & saw this random ant having a chat with my new found friend.
Rattled off a few shots before the moment was lost & without thinking too much about set up.
Spent the next hour trying to get better shots...., but no matter what I did, they all turned out wrong.

Postscript..... Last night we had a really heavy storm with thunder & lightning......, stepped out this morning and there he was..... still in the same position.
Think I could have crabbed my way half way round Hong Kong shopping for a more suitable lens, and he would have stayed on my knee.

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Great shot Guy. As you say, it looks like a cicada. It might have just crawled up out of the ground (where they live for a few years) and shed its underground skin, so would have clung to the same spot waiting for its 'new' skin to dry out (and darken, presumably). If it stayed green it's not one of the common HK varieties.

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OMG I've been looking to know more about this bugs for months! 0o

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source: my blog, where I posted an "help, what's that" message
http://my.opera.com/pfelelep/blog/2008/05/19/white-little-thingy-petite-bestiole-blanche

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See what I just found in my friend Rambo Lai's blog, what he titles as his First Summer Visitors.

Can anyone identify some of these pretty bugs? Some of them are nocturnal, it seems.

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HAWK MOTH

Many people swear to me that they saw Hummingbirds on Lamma. Unless there is one escape from the cage of a pet owner, most of the people mistaken the Hawk Moth as Hummingbird.

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Submitted by Deborah Lindsay, taken beyond Mo Tat Wan.

I love watching these close-up in my rooftop garden. They love hiding, totally motionless, underneath palm leaves and on Frangipani trees.


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One of our two common species of centipedes, the much larger (10 inches or so, including the very uneven legs) but generally less aggressive and less toxic species than the black/yellow ones. It was crawling up a Village House's tiled wall last night, stopping nicely for my macro close-up shots from my backup pocket snapshooter. I carry it with me everywhere, unlike my big bulky, heavy, high-quality dSLR for scheduled photo shoots.

So that's how these critters get into bath rooms, up the wall and through the exhaust fan. I've got one of these, about the same size, dropping on my naked shoulder a few years back when grabbing my towel after a shower. No sting, fortunately, but quite an unwelcome surprise!


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I saw one of these eating a very large cricket near Power Station Beach one night. Seemed fairly ferocious, but I too have heard that they are less likely to nip a person. Has anyone ever been bitten by one?


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Well, from personal experience, I've only ever been bitten by one of those nasty, black/yellow baby centipedes while I was sitting outside Green Cottage. It was biting my foot through a sock without any provocation, when I wasn't even moving my foot at the time.

But I've never bitten by one of these much larger ones, even when "provoking" it by seriously disturbing its hiding place, my bathtoom towel. But both of these species are carnivores, ferocious to live prey, widespread and common in the warmer parts of the world.

This photo would actually look good on the right side of the home page, as Wildlife Photo of the Day, crawling up the home page? It might spook some of the many visitors checking out Lamma.com.hk before making their rare day trips here. Maybe with a little word balloon added to it, "Welcome to Lamma!"

By the way, what's the full name for these two centipede species again?

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jesus christ that's a scary looking f*****


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It's crawling up the right side of the home page right now.
I hope it's not scaring away too many tourists? :roll:

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