8th March, 2017
Datuk C.L. Chan (right) showing the book entitled ‘A Guide to Beetles of Borneo’ to Tan.
KOTA KINABALU: The only book ever written on the beetles of Borneo, ‘A Guide to Beetles of Borneo’ is meant for everyone and a guide to study on local beetles.
Launched here, yesterday the book which was established through an earnest effort by three beetle aficionados, Dr Steven Bosuang, Dr Arthur Chung and Datuk C.L. Chan, is more on a pictorial presentation meant for lay people.
For this reason, Chan emphasised that they have kept the text to a minimum so that readers would not be bored.
He dispelled the misperception that books of this nature are meant for scientists and researchers
The 244-page educational pictorial guide covers more than 150 beetle species commonly encountered in Borneo as well as rare, interesting and captivating ones.
Chan said that more than a third of those featured in the book are endemic to Borneo.
Ninety-nine per cent of the photographs in the book were taken by Dr Bosuang who had over the years visited forest reserves all over Sabah (Trus Madi, Sandakan, Kalabakan (Tawau) and Sipitang bordering Sarawak, among others) for beetle specimens.
“We are very proud of this book because we have invested so much time and energy,” said Chan, known to be a keen naturalist, illustrator and photographer with an engrossing interest in Bornean insects, particularly stick insects and beetles.
Meanwhile, Arthur quipped that the Creator must have been very fond of beetles, given that more than 400,000 species of insects are beetles, a significant two-fifths of all six-legged creatures, versus some 250,000 species of known plants.
On why insect fauna in various tropical habitats are less commonly encountered than moths, butterflies and ants, Steven explained that more than 95 per cent of beetles are less than a centimetre long and they are often not found in swarms as one species like ants.
Moreover, many are only active at night.
President of Singapore Gardening Society, Tan Jiew Hoe, who is also a Board Member of Gardens by The Bay, Singapore launched the book.
He congratulated the team for combining their knowledge, bringing together a useful guide for the members of public.
“All these make for a superb introduction to the amazing beetles found in Borneo, where the continuing discovery of new species never ceases to impress.
“I am privileged to support and be associated with this remarkable publication and to share with everyone the wonders of the world of beetles,’ said Tan.