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Chien C. Lee

Images to inspire a deeper understanding of our natural world. Photographer for Minden Pictures and Southeast Asia Rainforest Research Program.

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Happy World Frog Day! Untold numbers of frogs still await discovery among the poorly explored moss forests of Borneo's mountaintops. Near the summit of Gunung Murud (the highest mountain in Sarawak), an undescribed species of tiny bush frog (Philautus sp.) perches inside the pitcher of Nepenthes hurrelliana, a carnivorous plant. Although many frogs utilize the fluid-filled pitchers of various Nepenthes for either shelter or breeding, the details of this behavior remain poorly studied. @chienleephotography

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Nectar-feeding bats play an essential role in the pollination of many rainforest trees. Here, a Long-tongued Nectar Bat (Macroglossus minimus) arrives at the night-blooming blossoms of a druian tree (Durio zibethinus). Prized for its delectable aromatic fruit (true, it's an acquired taste!), the productivity of many durian plantations is under threat where the native bat populations have been killed off by hunters. @chienleephotography

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Although common among the dendrobatid frogs of South and Central America, tadpole carrying behavior is rare in Southeast Asia. This male Rough Guardian Frog (Limnonectes finchi) from northern #Borneo , has his work cut out for him: after having carefully watched over the eggs which had been laid in damp leaf litter, he now is responsible for transporting the entire clutch of newly hatched tadpoles to a suitable body of water. @chienleephotography @animals @nature

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Without more than a passing look it would be easy to mistake this tiny shiny insect for a beetle. However, the presence of just a single pair of wings and the tell-tale sponging mouthparts are a dead giveaway that this is in fact a fly. These tiny ‘beetle flies’ belong to the family Celyphidae and are distributed across the tropics from Southeast Asia to Africa. Not much is known of their biology, nor indeed exactly why they have such a beetle-like appearance. Could it be that the rigid scuttellum protects the fly’s membranous wings much in the same way beetles have shell-like elytra? Or rather is it simply a case where the flies mimic distasteful leaf beetles? Someone’s future doctoral thesis in the making perhaps. @chienleephotography

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I came across this chimpanzee during a rainy day in the forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda. A rope snare stuck around his right hand told of his unfortunate encounter with a hunter's trap which are commonly (and illegally) laid around the forest to target bushpigs. Unable to remove it, the rope had tightened over several weeks with his hand swelling into a festering wound, rendering it virtually useless. His steady gaze almost seemed to be a request for help, and it was heart-wrenching to be unable to do anything - the rangers said they did not have the resources at the time to assist. In some parts of Uganda up to a third of chimpanzees suffer limb injuries or even death as a result of illegal snares, although a few populations (particularly in Guinea) have amazingly learned how to locate traps and disarm them without harm to themselves. @chienleephotography

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Within the microcosm of a mossy tree stump, a tiny hidden predator lies patiently in wait. Still a juvenile, this praying mantis (Haania sp.) will eventually mature and shed most of its moss-like camouflage in favor of fully developed wings. @chienleephotography

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Photographing shy and elusive pittas is always an exercise in patience, but when it comes to these jewels of the rainforest understory it's always worth the wait. This Black-crowned Pitta (Erythropitta ussheri) is an endemic of northern Borneo, and although its plaintive whistle is often heard in the forests of Danum Valley, they rarely reveal themselves easily. @chienleephotography

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Although much maligned for their fetish of destroying houses, termites play an essential role in forest #ecology owing to their unparalleled ability to consume cellulose. A given patch of lowland rainforest in #Borneo can harbor as many as 50 species of termites living together, each occupying its own niche. Some in fact do not feed on wood at all: this time-lapse shows the amazing Longipeditermes longipes, which specializes exclusively in devouring fallen leaves. Over a period of about 2.5 hours the swarm of workers dismantles a carefully selected leaf while soldiers stand guard nearby. Without the ceaseless work of these tiny insects the forest floor would be knee-deep in undigested leaves. @chienleephotography @nature @natgeo @earthpix

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A marvel of aerodynamics: Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) in action. Despite this frog's large size, the incredible span of its webbed feet give it enough loft to sustain its glide for a conisderable distance and even provide enough control to change direction in mid-air. @chienleephotography @animals @nature @natgeo @earthpix

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A beautiful find in the mossy forests of Mount Penrissen the day before yesterday: Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), undoubtedly the most iconic amphibian of Borneo. Their enormous webbed feet make them perhaps the most gifted of all gliding frog species. @chienleephotography @animals @nature

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