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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 7:18 am 
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Lamma-Gung wrote:
This should give people something to consider before moving here. If you're worried about all types of our local wildlife, outside AND inside - mosquitoes, snakes, centipedes, wild boars, feral dogs, almost-feral druggies, etc. - then maybe Lamma is not for you....


I agree.... people should really read this paragraph first before moving here.

OK.. I'm just trying to deter people from Lamma to keep the 'rents' down :-)


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A real beauty of a creepy crawly today, made more scary as it was shot in the stairwell of a Tai Peng house; an excellently framed, sharp and detailed photo by Chris Hall, who doesn't seem to scare easily; he estimated it at 3 inches across, leg tip to leg tip!

This must be quite a rare specimen and we've got no idea what it's called, popularly or scientifically. Anyone can help?


I have this one at home. About 4 inches. It gets scared and runs away from footsteps. I'm keeping it around to eat some bugs. Keeping a lizard around as well. Still thinking of a name for my new pets.

There are a handful of black-orange spiders with intricate webs outside of my place. Can't wait to see them catch something.


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I see a lot of these long leggety beasties in the Tai Peng community garden hurrying away when I expose rotting logs etc. I had heard that they are technically scutigeromorphs rather than centipedes, but wo'ever. I have to confess that I used to kill centipedes on sight, but now welcome them as cockroach eaters, as long as they stay in the garden and don't invade my living space.


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Keeping a lizard around as well. Still thinking of a name for my new pets.


I had an enormous spider that once lived in my flat (think the cats finally got him) that I named Benjamin.

This spider used to freak my friends out when he made an appearance on the living room wall. I used to find it highly amusing to introduce him as 'Benjamin my pet spider' to my city dweller mates :-)


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A lucky shot from my recent South Lamma hike, a Praying Mantis having an afternoon snack on one of the abundant but extremely skittish butterflies fluttering all over South Lamma these days.

The butterfly (or moth) had bright-red eyes and was devoured by the Mantis upside down, pretty undisturbed by me trying to get really close, even flashing the scene.

The butterfly has been identified by The Shy Stick Insect Hunter:
Common Red Eye (Matapa aria), commonly named Skipper.


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By Howard Sheard:


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More amazing shots by Gap Hung, master of "Stereographic Projection" Photos of the Day.

He's getting seriously into Macro photography now. (Sorry, the links are Facebook-only.)

Sorry, no idea what species these two spiders are, but some of our forum members will surely know?


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The Mating Game on a ripe Weaver Maid fruit (Scarlet Sterculia Lanceolata), the flaming orange, 5-star fruits high on tree these days with pitch-black, hazelnut-sized seeds hanging from them.

The last time I caught these still unnamed bugs in the act was 2 years ago:

June 29, 2010: Weaver Maid Fruit Orgy


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A few shots from Yung Shue Ha in South Lamma, several wasp species feasting on a banana flowers. These yellow-striped buggers are the really dangerous wasps.

A sting from one of them left my foot swollen and hurting like heck for 24+ hours a few years back, only controlled by icing it day and night as all pain killers were useless.
But as I didn't bother them, they let me get pretty close for macro shots, totally engulfed in their sweet feast, not bothered by me flashing them repeatedly.

The smaller, all-yellow wasps are less dangerous, but their sting still hurts badly for a few hours, quite similar to a bee sting. They really don't like being watered in my Rooftop Jungle, getting aggravated and sting aggressively if you clear out the dead leaves right after watering. Yes, I speak from painful experience....

But it's harmless, more of a nuisance for a few hours, compared to the big yellow-striped ones (their exact name is somewhere in this Flora & Fauna forum which features pictures and names of the vast majority of Lamma's wildlife, I'd reckon).


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This must be quite a rare specimen and we've got no idea what it's called, popularly or scientifically. Anyone can help?


I've always known them as wolf spiders. We get them quite regularly in our stairwell. where they and the geckos keep other pests away.


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An almost perfect shot of the biggest, common and most colourful spider on Lamma, female (large) and male (tiny). By Howard Sheard.

She's actually spinning her silk in this photo.


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Two fine bug shots from Rambler:


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The first-ever photo of a stick insect I've seen on a Lamma (Pak Kok) ferry, by Marcus the proud Pak-Kokian:


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Oh heck! I have quite a penchant for stick insects. Do they come free with every ferry ticket?


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Stick insects are only free early Sunday mornings on the Pak Kok to Aberdeen ferry, where this boy was travelling to pick up several different newspapers for his and his 2 friends (brothers?) well-established Pak Kok paper round, all to be delivered before 9am on Sunday mornings.

A great convenience I also enjoy myself in Yung Shue Wan.

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Great shot by Eric Sampson, a Crab Spider lurking inside a Frangipani flower:


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It's Lanternbug season! Watch out to spot this most beautiful of local bugs, IMHO.


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A fuzzy moth from Siu Yu Yeung:


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From Beetle's life


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This one is certainly a “strange bug”.


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