Sunday, September 19, 2010

After Rain @ Upper Seletar Reservoir

On the day (10 Sept) which marks the end of a month-long Ramadan fasting period for our Muslim friends, BJ and I went to explore a park-connector near Mandai. After a heavy but short downpour, we decided to go to Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park as there wasn't anything interesting that could hold us back at the park connector.

This Malayan Bush Brown (Mycalesis fusca fusca) was skittishly hoping away whenever I came close to it. At last, I gave up chasing and had to be contented with this long distance shot.
This Suffused Flash (Rapala suffusa barthema) was another unfriendly guy which made us work very hard just to get a few record shots. Its life history has been very well-documented here .
A female Horsfield's Baron (Tanaecia iapis puseda) made a sudden perch near the host plant, the Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum). Male Horsfield's Barons were rather commonly seen on a sunny day along forest paths - spotting a female is considered a fortunate moment.
Green Oakblue (Arhopala eumolphus maxwelli) was successfully bred (see here) and thus the identification of this species was further confirmed. A male and a female were seen loitering around a Singapore Rhododendron shrub. This particular shot is a male (whose metallic green upperside could be seen when in flight) when it was perching above my eye level.One rather consistent feature of Green Oakblue which allows us to distinguish it from other tailed Arhopala specie is that the the post-discal spot bordered by thin white bands in space 4 on the underside of the forewing was very much out of line with the rest of the similar spots and displaced towards the wing edge(termen). I always have problem identifying an orange skipper with confidence. This is a Telicota species resting rather tamely on a fern.
This moth caterpillar was resting on the Wild Cinnamon leaf. It looks like a larva of Pompelon marginata - a predominantly black with some metallic blue day-flying moth. Another larva - I have no idea what it is. A very common damselfly in USR, but I am not sure what it is at the moment.
Lastly, this drab and dark moth loved to hide underneath the leaf - I have never seen this rather large moth before. On 12 Oct, Les has identified it to be a male Erebus hieroglyphicam , thanks.

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  1. Another larva - I have no idea what it is.--->"Phlebohecta" sp, zygaenidae

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  2. This moth caterpillar was resting on the Wild Cinnamon leaf. It looks like a larva of Pompelon marginata - a predominantly black with some metallic blue day-flying moth. ---->Pompelon marginata,zygaenidae

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  3. Thanks for your id of the larva

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