Friday, July 9, 2010

A Quiet Evening @ Dairy Farm Nature Park

It was a ordinary very late Friday afternoon (18 June). A pre-school kid should be able to count the number of visitors at Dairy Farm Park. My friend and I had planned to climb up to the Bukit Timah summit again - our last physical training before we headed to Huangshan on 19 June.

While waiting for my friend, I noticed quite a number of common butterflies either resting or fluttering around flowering plants near Car Park B.

This brown skipper with a slightly pointed forewing tip looks like a Small Branded Swift (Pelopidas mathias mathias). A rather common brown skipper, it was zipping around before I got a shot when it was feeding on the yellow Crotararia flowers. Dark Glassy Tiger (Parantica agleoides agleoides) seems to be a permanent resident of this park as I have seen this species a few times here. This male Dark Glassy Tiger fluttered gracefully and unhurriedly amongst the flowers, looking for a comfortable spot to perch and rest, waiting for the dusk.
Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana javana) is usually skittish and alert under hot sun. However, this approachable and pristine specimen might have succumbed to the cool temperature in the evening. It decided to take a nap early. There are a few tall Leea indica trees around the toilet area. This is a Nacaduba species feeding on a small white flower.Perhaps, this is a digger wasp belonging to genus Sphex. It was feeding diligently, displaying all sorts of stunts on the flower stalks.
I was rather pleased to be able to see these critters and photograph them within a short waiting time - around 15 minutes - A wonderful park indeed.

As it was getting dark, I didn't really pay attention to fauna or flora around me while we were on our way up to the summit.

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