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Picture of the Month

Picture of the Month - Sesiidae

This month's Picture of the Month award goes unanimously to Les Day for his photograph of an amazing red Sesiidae moth in the Kaeng Krachan National Park.

The Sesiidae, or clearwing moths, are a family of the Lepidoptera. In most species they have wings only partially covered by the normal lepidopteran scales, leaving them transparent. It is not common to see such a beautiful arthropod, and they are notoriously difficult to photograph because of their manner of flight. You can read more of where Les took his amazing photograph by clicking here. Be sure to also visit Les' amazing website SamuiButterflies.Com



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onflipflops replied the topic: #1671 05 Feb 2014 10:58
Funny that not only I - with a particular interest in snakes - am hoping for these cool, dry months to pass quickly. Apparently it's the same for the insect enthusiasts.
It's not impossible to find stuff this season, but it is just more abundant/ active when it gets warmer and more humid.
I know of a couple of Vogel's Pit Vipers that have been hangin at the same spot for a month now.
And from my experience from previous years, I wouldn't be surprised if they're still there a month from now. But I can't wait till they all start crawling again...

Seems like you got some luck as well on your KK trip. That's certainly a pretty butterfly, and so is the tiny moth with it's hairy hind legs. Nice shots.

About the foot print... I'm afraid I can't tell you the answer either.
2 inches width is quite large. Maybe a porcupine...? Were there more tracks around, did some have longer feet?
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Paul T replied the topic: #1672 05 Feb 2014 11:35
I agree, looks like a partial fore-print of a porcupine. I assume its close to Baan Krang? Our cam trapping in that area has revealed both Asiatic Porcupine and Brush Tailed Porcupine are quite common there. Asiatic especially.

The Sesiidae is spectacular!
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Paul T replied the topic: #1697 15 Feb 2014 09:41

Here is my little mystery I mentioned, I think some type of planthopper. About 15 mm long, found on the side of a tree at waist level, grouped with 8 others, when approached they showed their ability to hop! Displayed all the movement characteristic of a planthopper, including "poor" flight ability.

Quality is bad as its a screen grab from a poorly lit bit of video.

PS Looks as if the weather is starting to change up here now, its getting more humid everyday now, winter is over and we could have small showers soon. Butterflies should be big time at KK again if they have had a shower, but I am not going to get over there for a few weeks as I have family over.

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