This beautiful butterfly, Tawny Coster (Acraea violae , 斑珍蝶) will thrill you with its brightly-coloured wing patterns when they were fluttering elegantly and feeding on the Bidens flower heads. Tawny Coster tends to open the wings fully like this when feeding. This pristine male specimen was intoxicated by the rich nectar in the many small flowers of Bidens . It stayed at this position for a while even though it was swaying in the wind left and right. However, with patience I was still able to get a decent shot like this. Here is an excellent account of how this migrant came and thrived here. You will definitely love the colours of this male Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya wallacei). Though a bit tattered the brilliantly-coloured wings still enticed me to take a few shots of it whenever it settled or perched on a leaf. Striped Albatross (Appias libythea olferna, 利比尖粉蝶) is a rather common butterfly which is fast on the wings. Striped Albatross is sexually dimorphic (male and female look different). So in the following two shots, can you tell which is male and female ? When they were feeding on flowers, photographers would always love to capture their beauty.
Remember, though these carpenter bees look big and scary, they are really harmless critters so long as you leave them alone - you are unlikely to get stunk by them.With its rich diversity of fauna and flora species, TJC has the potential to develop itself into a Garden Junior College. As Singapore is launching The Singapore Index on Cities' Biodiversity , I feel that each school can play a part in observing and recording the fauna and flora species in the school compound - creating an awareness of the importance of biodiversity amongst students. Who knows, you may record something new.
In Part 2 (at the moment I cannot tell when I will publish it), I will probably feature some flora and other insect species including other butterfly species that KY or I will shoot in our future surveys.