Death and life: December 2010

by admin on December 19, 2010

Fewer insects around now winter has set in but still plenty of moths and butterflies, including my first sighting of Papilio demolion, a beautiful and uncommon species. The most striking thing I came across, however, was a tragic sight: the body of a Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) presumably shot by a farmer. Larger than the more common Leopard cat, it was just over a metre in length. What a sad end for a superb animal. I was first drawn by the sound of many flies and, as you can see in the picture, they were soon joined by some butterflies. I cannot understand how it is possible to kill something as rare and as beautiful.

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Tony December 29, 2010 at 7:20 am

Hello, have you ever seen the inch worm-like bug that has a ovular protective body it can retract into like a turtle? This bug is only about 20mm long. I see it hanging on and crawling on walls.


admin December 30, 2010 at 5:56 am

Doesn’t ring a bell. Have you got a picture?

Adrian Palmer May 16, 2011 at 6:56 am

Hi Tony,
The insect you are asking about is called a bagworm or case moth caterpillar. The larvae of this moth eat cobwebs in houses and can eat clothes as well – particularly silk.

admin May 17, 2011 at 1:41 am

thanks, Adrian.

Kenichiro Nakao February 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

May be you are very well to construct renovated web site to cover almost all insects in Thailand.
1. Please inform me with your present e-mail address.
2. You are now using powerful light trap system combining generator and mercury vapor bulb.
I plan to travel to Thailand again with my friend for collection of moths. Are you kind enough for us to your system for collection of moths?

meaw February 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

ไม่เห็นมีข้อมูลแมลงช้างเลยค่ะ ตัวลายสีเขียวมีง้วงยาวออกมาเหมือนช้าง ที่ใช้เป็นรูปให้คลิ๊กเข้ามาไงค่ะ

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