Terrifying Portraits of Indonesia’s Street-Performing Macaques

“Terror often stems not from the unknown, but from something familiar that has been subtly – but unmistakably – transformed. This certainly helps explain why Finnish photographer Perttu Saksa’s series, “A Kind of You”, is so unsettling. Saksa, a portrait photographer by trade, was appalled when, traveling in Jakarta in 2012, he first caught sight of macaque monkeys that had been manacled and forced into roles as “actors” in street performances. In the fall of last year, with the help of an Indonesian journalist, Saksa began investigating people known as “monkey masters” – entrepreneurs who train and rent monkeys to beggars. Continue reading »

King Of Wasp Discovered In Indonesia

A new species of wasp has been discovered in Indonesia. University of California Researchers discovered the new wasp during a scientific expedition in the Mekongga Mountains in southeastern Sulawesi, Indonesia. The wasp is two-and-a-half-inches long and has a huge jaw. The weirdest thing about the wasp is its jaw is actually larger than its legs.

The new species of wasp belongs to the genus Dalara and family Crabronidae. The researchers have named the species Garuda, after the national symbol of Indonesia.

Researchers believe that the large jaws could probably play a major role in defence and reproduction. They found that in another species in the genus the males hang out at the nest entrance. This serves to protect the nest from parasites and nest robbing and for this he exacts payment from the female by mating with her every time she returns to the nest. So it is a way of guaranteeing paternity, researchers says. Additionally, the jaws are big enough to wrap around the female’s thorax and hold her during mating.