INDO-MALAYAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

Class Insecta

The insects are incredibly diverse in the lowland rainforests of tropical Asia...

Order Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies

(Kithulgala, Sri Lanka)
(Our Jungle House, Thailand)
Pala-u Waterfall, Thailand)

Dragonflies usually land with their wings out a right angles to their body, in contrast to Damselflies, that hold them back along their body. 


Neurothemis fluctuans, 'Common Parasol'. One of the more commonly noticed dragonflies in Singapore. The very similar Neurothemis fulvia is also common in south-east Asia.

Order Isoptera, Termites

(Kithugala, Sri Lanka)


(Nature Lodge, Cambodia)

The Alate (Winged) stage of a termite.

Order Orthoptera: Crickets & Grasshoppers

(Subic, Philippines)

Superfamily Tettigonioidea: Katydids

Family Tettigoniidae

(Poring Hot Springs)

maybe ?Despoina spinosa. A katydid that feeds on the foliage of figs.

other Orthoptera

(Kithugala, Sri Lanka)
(Nature Lodge, Cambodia)

Order Hemiptera

Family Fulgoridae: 'Lantern Flies'

(Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia).

'Lantern Fly'

Superfamily Pentatomoidea: 'Stink/Shield Bugs'

Family Tessaratomidae: 'Giant Stink/Shield Bugs'

Giant Stink Bug (image by Damon Ramsey)(Subic Bay, Philippines)

 Pygoplatys (maybe longiceps?), 'Giant Stink/Shield Bug'. These slightly larger stink bugs have been observed showing maternal care of eggs and young. They are mostly found in tropical Asia. 

Suborder Cicadamorpha

Cicada in tropical Asia (image by Damon Ramsey)(Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia)

Cicada, perhaps Macrosemia sp.?

Order Coleoptera: Beetles

Family Lampyridae: 'Fireflies'

Firefly larvae in Thailand (image by Damon Ramsey)(Khao Yai National Park, Thailand)

Firefly larvae. Not to be confused with Platerodrilus 'Trilobite Beetles'

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