Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Flora and Fauna @ Toa Payoh Sensory Park (Part 2)

This is the continuation of my previous post (see here).
I encountered one bunch of unknown flies congregating on some flower buds of the Sweet Basil plant. I wonder what they were doing. These flies in fact also fed on the flowers like the honey bees did.

The purplish-blue big flowers of Thunbergia laurifolia (Family: Acanthaceae) can be easily spotted among the Passiflora flowers. The flowers of this red Fountain Plant (Russelia equisetiformis Family: Scrophulariaceae ) look like firecrackers. It was an attractive sight when these flowers were in full bloom.

These unknown but beautiful flowers were very prominent in the park as well.

The following wasp species were identified by John. After a pre-dawn rain, this potter wasp (Delta campaniforme) was busy feeding on Jetropha flowers. Look at the thin middle section of its body, I wonder if it will break easily.

This is a Banded paper wasp (Polistes sagittarius) which is likely to be the most common paper wasp species in Singapore. Because of its coloration and shape it is often mistaken for the banded hornets .
This is a another potter wasp (Rhynchium haemorrhoidale). When it flew from flower to flower, the dark orange abdomen could be seen clearly. At one moment when it settled on some Lantana flowers, moving around while feeding, I quickly snapped a few shots - no chance of getting a good shot of its side view though.
I am not sure what this beetle was trying to do. It was found roaming on the leaf. Look at this shot, was it about to leap off from the tip of the leaf ? No, it didn't and it decided to turn back.
I was quite surprised to spot a female dragonfly (not sure what species) one evening as there isn't any pond in the park. She must have flown in from the Toa Payoh Town Park nearby.
A garden or a park without butterfly or insect activities loses its attractiveness and is less appealing to me. I am glad to see that a few Lime butterflies (Papilio demoleus malayanus) visiting and feeding on all kind of flowers. However, shooting any of one of them is another matter as it always flapping its wings at a high speed. I am confident that the good variety of flowers in the park will attract more butterflies and insects and hope that they will make this park their home, creating a vibrant and dynamic ecosystem in the park. This brown skipper looks like a Small Branded Swift (Pelopidas mathias mathias) which is a common species as its larval host plant is believed to be some grass species. Apart from the flora and fauna, some of the significant historical events that happened in Toa Payoh were also engraved on the wall in the Sensory garden. For example, do you know which year the Queen Elizabeth II, UK visited Toa Payoh ?
Please come down and enjoy the facilities and the natural scent this special park can offer us. Thank you HDB for constructing this very unique and interesting park in Toa Payoh.

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