This small beetle was roaming on a leaf. In the field, the body shell looked black to my eyes. However, the camera flash light brought out a a dark blue tint of the shell as shown in the picture.
This Lycaenid Common Line Blue was seen taking a short break when the sun was momentarily behind the clouds.
I saw this very funny-looking creature moving up and down on a foliage, carrying long feathery "tails" which caught my attention first as the body size was really tiny. I had a hard time getting a decent shot of this strange and unknown (to me) bug.There was this active spider which kept playing hide-and-seek with me.It was not my day to spot butterfly. I used to spot a few Arhopala species along this very shady and less-travelled trail.
Flies belong to the Diptera (one pair of wings) group of insects This pretty and shiny fly was found along the main forest trail.
At last, I got a chance to shoot a low flying forest-dwelling butterfly, a male Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirteana). Lexias pardalis dirteana is sexually dimorphic. The underside of the male is brownish and blends well with its preferred habitat which is the forest undergrowth.
In Singapore, the genus Lexis has three lookalike species. We can distinguish between Lexias pardalis dirteana and Lexias dirtea merguia by their differing antennae tip, orange colour in L. pardalis but black in L. dirtea. The third species Lexis canescens pardalina is the rarest and I have not shot one yet.
Commander (Moduza procris milonia) is an elegant and a swift flier which can be spotted on sunlit forest clearings. The prominent V-shaped white spots on the reddish brown upperside wings are distinctive enough for us to identify this species. An excellent ButterflyCircle blog article on Commander can be found here and its life history here.
Identifying a damselfly is usually a difficult task for me. But this damselfly with unique and highly reflective wings should be Vestalis amethystina.
This was shot in a shady trail where the ferns were thriving. Thanks to the morning rays that piercing through the canopy that enabled me to get a bright background shot. I have no idea what this species is.It was found near a water-logged area, this looks like a Ceriagrion cerinorubellum (to be confirmed). [As pointed out by Yong, this may be an immature male of Argiocnemis rubescens. Thanks ]It was a long trekking into our nature reserve that took me about 3 hours. I felt rewarding and refresing while I was having lunch and enjoying the icy sugar cane drinks at my favourite Sembawang Hill hawker centre.