insects 
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

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' (Singapore). One of the more commonly noticed dragonflies in Singapore. The very similar Neurothemis fulvia is also common in south-east Asia.

Order Isoptera, Termites

Termites (Kithugala, Sri Lanka).

The Alate (Winged) stage of a termite, (Nature Lodge, Cambodia).

Order Orthoptera: Crickets & Grasshoppers

Superfamily Tettigonioidea: Katydids

Family Tettigoniidae

maybe ?Despoina spinosa (Poring Hot Springs). 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. 

Order Coleoptera: Beetles

Family Lampyridae: 'Fireflies'

Firefly larvae (Khao Yai National Park, Thailand). Not to be confused with Platerodrilus 'Trilobite Beetles'

For the page on the Asian tropical rainforest


Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland"