Friday, October 29, 2010

Nothing New Along A Forest Trail

On a cloudy Saturday morning, I went on a solo outing to a forest trail along the Upper Thomson Road.

There were quite a few white bracket fungi sprouting out from the the forest floor - they grew in layers like a bunch of petals.
A rather small ant with a pair of long antennae, this ant looks like a Polyrhachis species, resting on the surface of a Hairy Clidermia (Clidemia hirta) leaf. Endowed with a pair of muscular and powerful hindlegs, this leaping insect is a species of cricket . A male cricket can male chirping noise by rubbing its forewings.
Though they were in an intimate position, this pair of mating Agionoptera insignis was rather active and alert. After stalking them for a while, my patience paid off and they allowed me to take a few shots from far.
This shot looks like a male Agionoptera insignis perching on a twig
Another skittish and rather large dragonfly, Cratilla metallica lives up to its name by displaying its attractive metallic blue body.
The Common Five Ring (Ypthima baldus newboldi) seems to be more common than the other Ring butterflies along this stretch of the forest trail. Here a mating pair was quietly enjoying their private moment in a shade before I disturbed them to perch at a more accessible position.
I didn't have much time to venture deep into the forest so after about an hour I had to make a u-turn and ended this rather disappointing outing.

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