Cameron Highlands hill resort, a tourist destination situated in the state of Pahang is over 5000 feet above sea level. It is famed for its large scale tea plantation, flower nurseries and vegetable farming. The climate is cool at night, around 25C. Recent rapid development has made the resort lose its tranquility. It can be reached via the town of Tapah in Perak by long winding roads and takes about 2 hours. A new road is now being build near Ipoh which will shorten travelling time from the present 3 and a half hours to just 45 minutes from Ipoh. The road is now completed and is officially open. Could prove to be a good collecting ground (updated May 04)
Although many highlands species of beetles can be found here, the hill folks know its value and none of them can be found under street lamps as it used to be many years ago. Tanah Rata is the main administration town. Other main towns are: Ringlet and Brianchang, both farming area. Accomodation of all classes down to backpackers haven are available.
For collecting, purchase
a Jungle Trails Map from shops in Tanah Rata. One can get lost in the
jungle easily, so stay on the trail. Trails to Gunong Jasar and Parit
Waterfall are good for collecting phasmids at night. Robinson Falls is
good for highland butterflies such as Delias and Lycanids. Besides butterflies
and small highland Phasmids, beetle collecting is almost impossible. The
hills being in a valley make light traps useless. The higest point accessible
by road is the TV station (6666 feet) and is good for light traps. However,
this place is zoned as security area and might land you in trouble.
Moth collecting is good on certain days. Most beetles for sale come from Tapah Hills or Genting Highlands. Farmers on their farms collect beetles on their nursery lights. Aborigines collecting in the state of Kelantan and Pahang brought their catches here for sale to dealers. Dealers are stationed in Tanah Rata. All other insects cannot be found here as vegetation is different from those in the lowlands. A good place to purchase specimens. Expect stiffer prices though.UPDATE:Sept.2005. Gunong Jasar which is a very good point for collecting highland sp.of butterfly have been destroyed.They have cut down the top and erected a electrical pylon.
OTHER HIGHLAND STATIONS
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Both photos were taken by unknown photographers whose names I have forgotten
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