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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:47 am 
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On Wednesday I had the chance to drive up to the Cameron Highlands (in Malaysia). It's about 3 1/2 hours from my house in southern KL, which makes for a lot of driving on a day trip. But it makes for a good day out as there is a small restaurant at the top that serves my wife's favourite Chinese dish - Yam basket. This puts her in a good mood (which she is in anyway) and allows me to spend longer than I should tracking down mantis.

Here are some of the new recruits to my collection from this trip. I would love to say that I found them by diligent searching in the jungle. The truth is that I know the right people who have been diligently searching in the jungle.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:10 am 
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Brilliant finds David!

I'm doing some work with Hymenopus at the moment, do you have any information on what plants you found them on?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:53 am 
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In late January 2011 I found three nymphs on the flowers of Straits Rhododendron, Melastoma malabathricum.
This was more or less at sea level, along a narrow path in medium density jungle. In the photo below you can see the one flower on the plant that had an orchid mantis. On the other side of the path was a bush with a few more flowers and two more nymphs.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:55 pm 
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I was hoping you'd say Rhododendron!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:34 am 
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Rob Byatt wrote:
I was hoping you'd say Rhododendron!


don't want to spoil it Rob, but Melastoma malabathricum isn't even in the same family as the Rhododendrons we grow. It's that old 'common name' thing that happens with plants as much as everything else!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:53 am 
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fatslug wrote:
Rob Byatt wrote:
I was hoping you'd say Rhododendron!


don't want to spoil it Rob, but Melastoma malabathricum isn't even in the same family as the Rhododendrons we grow. It's that old 'common name' thing that happens with plants as much as everything else!


Damn you fat slug :P I though it looked a bit different, but just attributed it to selective horticulture! Any idea if it's possible to get tat plant over here Ian?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:09 am 
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You're unlikely to find plants for sale, but there are seeds listed as available from jungleseeds.co.uk, (they have lots of unusual stuff).


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