Mimicry is among the most studied topic in Natural History and camouflage can be really striking sometimes. The day I found my first dung-mimic spider (Phrynarachne sp.) in Borneo I understood once again why.
Even the “strongest” predators, armed with powerful venom and fast moves can pass thought delicate times. That’s the case of the molting period, during which some of these animals must change their external skeleton (called exoskeleton) in order to grow.
I was in Borneo for macro “things”, for frogs, snakes, ants and plants… but I must admit that some monkeys really captured my soul at least for a few moments. Visiting Labuk Bay (in search of mudskippers mainly) I couldn’t avoid to go visit the Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) sanctuary, where also Silver Langur (Trachypithecus cristatus) occurs.
A small update about my recent trip to Borneo. It has been a great trip, with many new stories to tell you soon here or in magazine around the world.
One of the most fascinating forms of life I’ve encountered in Borneo until now is the weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina).
Patience is vital in the Bornean low land forest, and this land tiger leech (Haemadipsa picta) is a champion of waiting. But when it comes to “feel” the passing person, they’re the best ones.