Saturday, January 29, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The Dark-tipped Forest-skimmer dragonfly (Cratilla metallica) was abundant, darting to-and-fro along the muddy forest track. A mating pair which was so intimately and acrobatically attached together was found on a twig but not for long, they separated after I had taken this shot.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The herbs garden was our first stop. The common name of this butterfly is Leopard (Phalanta phalantha phalantha). It has the tendency to flap its wings when perching or feeding - I was very lucky snapping a shot at a precise moment when its wings were close.
On our way to the mangrove boardwalk near a row of Ixora bushes, Khew spotted this Rapala species . It took off hastily after we had taken a few quick shots from a low angle.
This Dark Brown skipper, a Baoris species was quite tame and resting in the shade along the mangrove boardwalk. There were a few other brown skippers zipping around but I wasn't lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.
At least two individual Common Tit (Hypolycaena erylus teatus) were spotted at Ixora bushes. This pristine specimen was quite cooperative to be photographed when it was feeding on the Mile-a-minute flowers (Mikania micrantha ).
A wasp-like critter with a thin segment of the abdomen was spotted at the edge of a leaf lifting its front legs - preparing itself taking off ?
This guy was buzzing around with high speed along the boardwalk. When it perched on a sunny spot, I realised that it was rather huge and certainly looked scary.
This small but colourful spider was moving around perhaps looking for its preys on a mangrove plant.
There were quite a few other species of butterfly such as King Crow ( Euploea phaenareta castelnaui ) - a permanent resident of the park which preferred to stay or flutter at tree-top most of the time. Here is another "King" - this Palm King (Amathusia phidippus phidippus) though a bit "old" still looked strong and fast to hide away from our camera flash.
The weather during this north-east monsoon period changed rather fast - we had to cut short our outing when we saw the clouds congregating towards our direction - it rained heavily when we were on our way home - thanks Khew once again.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
A common and large brown skipper with a rather unique posture whenever it was resting on a leaf surface, Coon (Psolos fuligo fuligo) was rather abundant there - it was very sensitive to the camera flash light.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The "entrance" to the trail was blocked by fallen tree trunks but that didn't stop me from moving forwards. There were a few Pipturus argenteus (Native Mulberry) shrubs near the entrance and quite a number of Malayan Eggfly (Hypolimnas anomala anomala) larvae were munching the leaves happily. A detailed write-up of this plant can be found here.