Ipoh, the capital
city of the state of Perak is just 1 hour away from Tapah Hills and two
hours away from Kuala Lumpur, the Federation capital of Malaysia. It was
famous for being the world's largest tin mining area in its heyday. It
is famed too for its delicious food. Ipoh is surrounded by mountains on
all sides. Forested area is just half an hour away. It has numerous collecting
grounds good for collecting butterflies and Phasmids. Experts in their
fields may be able to find other insects like beetles and mantids. Forested
area in Malaysia is made accessable by old timber logging tracks. Do not
expect to see tigers, snakes or wild boars though (they do see us, I am
sure). The following are some of the localities for collecting:
A half hour drive from Ipoh by car or motorcycle over dirt track. Along
its old timber logging track by the side of the jungle stream is a good
place for collecting butterflies and phasmids. Jungle streams are dangerous
after a downpour. A sudden rush of water from the mountain might sweep
one away and drown without any warning. Night time collecting of phasmids
is good too. The protected butterfly, T. Brookiana abounds in this area.
Mantids are possible also. It is a quiet place without traffic except
for some motorcyclists who come for swimming. Successful collecting of
insects is by expertise and luck as in all hunting trips. Spend some time
here.UPDATE:Sept 2005: Most of the jungle in Ulu Piah have been cut down recently,leaving still a short strech of forest covering intact. How they always blame us collectors for detroying nature and not those cutting down the trees.What a waste.
This is the site for the new road to Cameron Highlands. It was inaccessable
before the new road was opened. Half an hour drive from Ipoh by car. Surrounded
by hills on all sides, but few timber logging trails. As the new road
advances its stage to Cameron Highlands later, it might become a very
good collecting ground rivaling Tapah Hills. Collecting butterflies and
phasmids is good here. In the tropics, use of baits is essential to capture
fast flying butterflies nd beetles. Rotten prawns placed on side of stream
attract many butterflies. Fruits like bananas and pineapples that are
fermented will attract certain butterflies and beetles. Urine sprayed
on sand patches along jungle stream works well. For mantids, beating bushes
will force them to come out flying. The same goes for winged phasmids.
It is listed as a type location for phasmids in book. It is an extremely
good spot for winged species of phasmids. However, this area has been
cleared and turned into an industrial zone. Only a small pocket of forest
remains. In this small pocket, hundreds of winged phasmids gather. It
has uncertain trails like a trap though and it is easy to get lost here.
It is an hour drive from Ipoh.
A Forest Recreation Park, just 15 minutes from Ipoh. Good for butterflies
and some stick. Popular spot for swimming. Crowded on weekends. Aboriginal
settlement but no catchers.
An hour journey only by 4WD leads to a very good jungle area for beetles
and butterflies and stick. Aboriginal catchers sell their catches to middlemen
dealers in Tapah.Worth a visit if you have a 4WD. Buprestidae beetles
can be found here. The methods usually used is either to climb on certain
fruit trees to catch the beetles hovering by its flowers or by cutting
down trees. The freshly cut trees attract the beetles to lay eggs.
area in the whole of Malaysia is productive for some kind of insect. Accessibilty
is the problem. If you use a hired car, you have the option of exploring
the country. The following are some areas good for insects:
Kangsar Forest Recreation park(1 hour from Ipoh)
Hills(Bukit Larut) in Taiping, an hour drive from Ipoh. Its foothill
has a Forest Recreation park. Its hill station is good for light traps
for beetles. These sites are in the state of Perak.