Kinabalu Park is the first World Natural Heritage Site of Malaysia due to its biodiversity. No doubt you could find many interesting (even the weird ones) insects everywhere. Like the beetle below, I found it rested on a shrub near the Botanical Garden.
This beautiful beetle has metallic-like case, and its shell also looks like body armour. Some beetles bite and some release unpleasant odour. This one played death when I put it on my palm.
Kinabalu Park is a paradise for specimen collectors and entomologists. However, you will be fined heavily for taking anything from the park. Recently a tourist was compounded RM1,000 (about USD330) for plucking plants.
The beetle below was also found near Kinabalu Park. It has a very soft wing cases that feel like leather cushion.
More beetle… In fact, there are less bugs at the foothill of Mt. Kinabalu today. Because of global warming, many bugs have migrated to higher altitude.
Last year I kept complaining about the non-stop rainy poor weather, but now the weather is too hot and dry after Chinese New Year. A minute under the burning sunlight and I already can feel smoke coming out of me. Dry season is supposed to be great for travelling, but the photogenic bugs are all gone hiding.. My blog has been quiet for a long time coz I am busy transferring my files from old laptop to my new PC, and I haven’t gotten a copy of Photoshop installed yet. I was using free graphic editor. It is less user-friendly and contains bugs, but can get the job done.
Photos taken in Kinabalu Park, Sabah Malaysia