‘Lobster Claw’ of the genus Heliconia Arthur Chung February, 2013
It’s Chinese New Year, and the popular colour is red which generally symbolizes blessing, happiness, wealth, good health and longevity. In nature, some flowers and fruits are strikingly red to attract pollinators and seed dispersers respectively. Flaming red flowers of the rainforestThe organization of the Giant Forest Ant, Camponotus gigas:A: Queen, B: Male, C: Soldier & D: Worker woody climber, Bauhinia kockiana(Source: Chung 1995).
In insects, red is often a warning to intruders of their poison or noxious taste. For some other animals, the striking colour attracts opposite sex.Alompra roepkei(Rafflesia Forest Enjoy this presentationReserve) of plants and animals (mostly insects) in red, in conjunction with the Spring Festival!
Red LipSyzygiumcampanulatum /Eugenia oleinaPhotographed atForest ResearchCentre, SepilokThe flushing of newreddish leaves in midJanuary signifies thebeginning of ‘spring’
French Kiss /Red ButtonsCostus woodsoniiPhotographed atRainforest DiscoveryCentre, Sepilok
Giant RedWeevilProtocerius sp.Photographed atCrocker RangeForest Reserve,western Sabah
Rafflesia Pitcher Plant Nepenthes rafflesiana Photographed at Sandakan Rainforest Park This is the reddish version of the upper pitcher.The organization of the Giant Forest Ant, Camponotus gigas:A: Queen, B: Male, C: Soldier & D: Worker(Source: Chung 1995).
AwesomeShield BugCantao ocellatusPhotographed atSandakanRainforest Park
Thank you for watching!To those who are celebrating, Yen Lee & I wish you a Happy & BlessedSpring Festival, and stay healthy throughout 2013! Ground pitcher of the Bornean endemic Nepenthes villosa at Mount Kinabalu
Compiled by Arthur Y. C. Chung Music from Spring Returns Chinese New Year Crystal MusicMature fruits of Manilla Palm, Adonidia merrillii