Tuesday, December 1, 2009

From West to East On a Saturday Morning

It was a beautiful Saturday (21 Nov) morning, I decided to join my colleagues KY and Jonathan for an outing to the Dairy Farm Park. Thanks Jonathan for giving me a ride.

Apart from some small groups of people who came here to enjoy the fresh air and the serenities of the park, the human traffic was considered quite low so was the insect activity.
Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus) and Tailed Jay (Graphiium agamemnon agamemnon) were the early visitors to these Pagoda Flowers (Clerodendrum paniculatum). Can you see a Tailed Jay in the picture ?

While KY and Jonathan were trying to snap some shots, I was at the other end and saw this large and common Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) resting at the roadside. I was stunned that it never fled when I approached closer. That little fly seemed to know this "monster" would never be able to get him. What a stark contrast of the size ! This small critter looks like a kind of cricket. It has long hind legs and a pair of long antennae, resting on a leaf opposite the Lantana bush. There were a few butterflies visiting the Lantana flowers. One of them was this skittish Common Blue Bottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius, 青凤蝶) ) which I could manage only a long distance shot. Except for this brown skipper, a Caltoris species I believe, other flying jewels under the hot morning sun were just too fast and uncooperative for me to snap any satisfactory shot.
We saw this Dingy Line Blue (Petrelaea dana dana) puddling on the rather dry tarred road. After enough sun-tanning at the Lantana bush, we decided to "take cover" along the Wallace Trail. This looks like a nymph of a cricket ? I can see only four legs. I guess this is some sort of a fly with a long and yellow stripped abdomen. This large bracket fungus was found at shady place along the main trail. Another wild strikingly coloured mushroom was found. Any good reference material for identifying our wild fungi ? Neat the entrance of the Wallace Trail, I saw this shiny cocoon-like structure. A small fly was inside there as well. I wonder what it is . We went over to the "B Spa" area. This water snake was found at our usual hunting ground for butterflies. I have no clue if this is a poisonous snake. This large dragonfly, Anax guttatus was ovipositing nearby. As Jonathan had to be home early, we didn't stay very long at the "B Spa". We headed back to the East, somewhere near Pasir Ris for lunch. After lunch, KY and I checked out Pasir Ris Park for any flowering trees. We did find one near the MRT track. A few Autumn Leaf (Doleschallia bisaltide australis) butterflies were feeding on this blooming Syzygium tree but they were all high up. A few other smaller butterflies were high up feeding. Fortunately, this Club Silverline (Spindasis syama terana) was kind enough to feed on flowers at lower branches but it didn't not position itself nicely for us to take good shots. We found another Syzygium tree full of flower buds. In the next few days, there should be some insect activities on this particular tree.

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