25 Jun '12, 1am

The Annotated Budak: 3+1 hoppers by @budak

The Annotated Budak: 3+1 hoppers by @budak

As in Australia, where the subfamily has exploded and attained pestilential proportions, Sulawesi's acridoid fauna is dominated by (forest-dwelling) catantopines (53 species out of a known total of 62), with species from other subfamilies occupying mainly open habitats or jungle fringes. This may be a legacy of the group's early arrival, radiation, and subsequently, high rate of endemicism following periods of geological fragmentation and fusion. Grasshoppers were not the primary target of a recent trip , which focused on the miniature whirlybirds of a beleagured ecozone , but at least two unusual acridids were observed: one at Bogani-Nani Wartabone National Park with pied flanks and lemony tibia, and the other, found in good numbers by a creek some miles outside the park, an apterygous beauty with hindlegs that grade from orange to yellow to green to blue. Males and femal...

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The Annotated Budak: Buckle down by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Buckle down by @budak

budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

Parthenopids, with their triangular or hexagonal bodies, disarmingly long chelae and diminutive legs, are crabs that mock ...

The Annotated Budak: Survival of the flittest by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Survival of the flittest b...

budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

Large geometrid moth, Venus Drive. The butterflies and moths encountered in woods and waysides, floating before floral nec...

The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

Despite the name, soft corals can be anything but. An attempt to palm the terminal clusters of a colony of nephtheids, spe...

The Annotated Budak: A rambling naturalist by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A rambling naturalist by @...

budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

"The best and most promising shore lies west of the town, and is covered with loose stones, upon which grows abundantly a ...

The Annotated Budak: Ears apart by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Ears apart by @budak

budak.blogs.com 19 Jun '12, 4am

There is a fine, and often broken, line between snails and slugs, for both terms, though useful in the field, reveal littl...

The annotated budak: Sticking it in by @budak

The annotated budak: Sticking it in by @budak

budak.blogs.com 18 Jun '12, 1am

Some dragonflies choose spawning sites with little room for manouervre: swimming pools, water tanks, flooded roofs and fee...

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The Annotated Budak: Red-alikes by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Red-alikes by @budak

budak.blogs.com 04 Jul '12, 6am

The scarlet basker is described as a medium-sized libellulid, but its stature, which could well be taken for granted at a ...

The Annotated Budak: Gleam and clean by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Gleam and clean by @budak

budak.blogs.com 16 Jun '12, 12pm

A walker remarked to his companion as they passed me on the trail, "There's hardly any insects here". Earlier, a troop of ...

The Annotated Budak: Palp romance by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Palp romance by @budak

budak.blogs.com 26 Jun '12, 2am

for aquatic respiration, but the arachnids have survived and spread as far as the Galapagos, Japan, Brazil and Polynesia w...

The Annotated Budak: Hooter by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Hooter by @budak

budak.blogs.com 02 Jul '12, 1pm

Drab in coat and bearing oversized heads with a stubble of sensory barbels, the tadpole-like toadfish lack admirers and wi...

The Annotated Budak: A fearsome threesome by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A fearsome threesome by @b...

budak.blogs.com 28 Jun '12, 3am

The creatures children are taught to fear – spiders, scorpions and snakes – seldom fail to make an appearance on walks thr...

The Annotated Budak: Piece of croack by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Piece of croack by @budak

budak.blogs.com 14 Jun '12, 2am

"There is a small rocky islet or group of rocks near the SE. Point of P. Ubin called S'kodo , from a fancied resemblance o...

The Annotated Budak: Prima vēna by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Prima vēna by @budak

budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

Five primary veins – costa, subcosta, radius, median, cubitus and anal – sprout from the backs of dragonflies to create a ...

The Annotated Budak: Monsters in our midst by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Monsters in our midst by @...

budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

Many of the colonies that build the superstructure of this living habitat consist of little monsters, zooids of coenosarc ...