A Bornean Tarantula with Iridescent Teal ‘Toes’

TARANTULA ONE The Tarantula’s Tree In Borneo, between the Danau Girang Field Centre and the jetty stands a tree. To look at it you wouldn’t think of it as being any more worthy of attention than any of the other thousands of trees in the rainforest. However, this tree is the home of a rather…

The Horsfield’s Tarsier: The Only Species Found in Borneo & Sumatra

Finding Tarsiers in the Jungle Every night during our stay at Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo (read about our stay here), we went out into the jungle and explored. We took the following photos over three nights in different locations of three individuals. We couldn’t believe the luck we had in finding them! From…

A Last Minute Lantern Bug (Pyrops whiteheadi)

The Search for a Lantern Bug The day before we were due to leave Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo, and after a week of searching high and low for one, we found this beautiful lantern bug. We came across it on the buttress roots of a tree near the jetty at the field centre….

Orangutans of Borneo: An Encounter with a Flanged Male

On our first morning in the rainforest at Danau Girang Field Centre, nestled on the Lower Kinabatangan river in Borneo, we were woken by the people of the forest. We watched a female orangutan and her baby move through the trees in the morning light. You can read our post about this experience here. In the…

Orangutans of Borneo: Woken by the People of the Forest

The rainforest never truly sleeps.  When one group of animals finishes their shift, they are instantly replaced by a suite of other unimaginably unique and noisy creatures. After a night full of frogs croaking, geckos chit-chatting, insects buzzing and owls screeching,  first light began to filter through the trees. Lying in bed, we could hear…

Into the Jungle: One Week at a Field Research Centre in Borneo

The ecology field season in the Northern Hemisphere was drawing to a close, so Tom and I jumped on a plane and began our annual pilgrimage south.  As a perfect break in our journey, we decided to spend a week in Borneo exploring the jungle from a field centre Tom had visited as a university…

The Baya Weaver (One Way to Please Her: Become a Master Weaver)

After an adventurous Malaysian jungle experience, we were back in the 4×4 heading out of the forest and soon bouncing our way down the dusty tracks surrounded by oil palm plantations. I had one more ask of our extremely patient guide and friend, Mr Lam. Several days earlier on the way into Endau Rompin National Park, we…

Exploring the Malaysian Jungle: Endau-Rompin National Park

Tom and I spend the southern hemisphere’s summer in New Zealand, my home country, and the northern hemisphere’s summer in England, Tom’s home country. We follow the summer because it is also the ecology season when we get most work. The flight can be pretty long when you have to travel half-way around the globe, so…

Butterfly Trap

During a recent trip to Vietnam, I returned to Cúc Phương National Park, Vietnam.