Sunday walk, boat ride and lunch at Ralph and Dao’s – Mae Kuang Lake
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There’s a blog called the Siam Insect-Zoo & Museum (www.malaeng.com) and there’s also such a place in Chiang Mai…here’s the link to one of their blog pages:
The very first photo appears to be a photo of the same kind of wasp nest that Ralph had hanging up in his garden today…according to the photo, the species name is Vespa affinis the Common Tiger Wasp.
Also, Jane and Janet found a Pill Millipede today. Apparently the species we saw is similar to one found in Europe. There’s a Wikipedia page for the European species (Glomeris marginata): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glomeris_marginata.
[Note: this is not a woodlouse, which is an isopod (crustacean), but a millipede. A key difference is the number of pairs of legs (as mentioned in the Wikipedia article). Isopods have 7 while pill millipedes have many more (18 pairs in Glomeris marginata).
The species we saw appears to be Hyleoglomeris albicollis (so, apparently related, given the similar Genus name). If you look down to the bottom of the malaeng.com blog link listed above, there are some photos of it (about 4 photos from the bottom of the page).
(I hope the next time we see one, someone will take some photos of it! I got so excited today that I reached in and grabbed it before Janet could do that…)
I’m pretty sure we saw were Red-wattled Lapwings:
The third photo on the wikipedia page shows the white wing stripe and the black below the stripe. They also stick their legs straight back when flying, accounting for the little “thing” projecting behind the tail that Joe observed. We also heard (I saw one well enough to identify it) Greater Racket-tailed Drongos in the trees.
p.s. Millipedes were among the first terrestrial animals. The oldest fossil millipede dates to the Silurian 428 mya, 50 my before terrestrial vertebrates. That fossil, Pneumodesmus newmani, named for its discoverer, Mike Newman, a bus driver and amateur fossil hunter in Aberdeen. During the Silurian, Scotland was part of a tropical southern continent named Laurentia.
Nice hike Ralph, almost perfect weather…almost – and great food too. Thanks CMH
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