Friday, March 18, 2011

From Pasir Ris to Ubin

A group of BC members was "helping" Khew on 5 March morning at Pasir Ris Park when he conducted a butterfly walk for a group of volunteers from Green Volunteers Network led by Mr Grant Pereira.

We reached there early so I checked out the herbs and spice garden first. There were quite a number of Plain Tigers (Danaus chrysippus chrysippus) fluttering amongst the showy orange flowers.
Without the larval host plant Asclepias currasavica , Plain Tiger butterfly will not be thriving here.
Before the participants arriving at the park, I was chasing this Striped Blue Crow (Euploea mulciber mulciber). I had to be contented with this long-distance shot because it just refused to let me get closer.
There were many Mottled Emigrants (Catopsilia pyranthe pyranthe) fluttering around the host plant Seven Golden Candlesticks (Senna alata).

I have not seen anyone getting a proper upperside shot of this species so I was lucky to have a glimpse of its upperside.
While the group was moving towards the boardwalk, I spotted this Club Silverline (Spindasis syama terana ) resting on a leaf close to the ground. I quickly snapped some shots and alerted the group to take a look at this beauty.
The session ended around noon and I am glad to notice that many participants including a young boy were able to identify many common species of butterfly fluttering in the park , well done !

After a quick lunch at Changi Village, some of us went over to Pulau Ubin again, hoping to take some pictures of the Wanderer and a newly-discovered skipper Yellow Streak Darter (Salanoemia tavoyana) (see here)

We did see the Wandered (Pareronia valeria lutescens) wandered past us but none of us had a chance to fire any shot. A very quiet day with very few good shooting opportunities, I had to be contented with getting these shots here.

A permanent and common species at Ubin, Coconut Skipper (Hidari irava) is a shade-loving and fast-flying large skipper that you would not miss it.
As it common name suggests, Dwarf Crow (Euploea tulliolus ledereri ) is one of the smallest Euploea species found in Singapore. A solitary and lonely guy, this Dwarf Crow made me work very hard - stalking up and down along the Sensory Trail.
This small Lycaenid Lesser Darkie (Allotinus unicolor unicolor) was fluttering around some flowers of a Leea indica shrub.On our way to the Jetty, KY spotted this Plain Plusblue (Flos apidanus saturatus) ovipositing on a young leaf - it was a pity that I forgot to take a picture of the host plant.
To wrap up this post, here is a non-butterfly shot - an assassin bug (?) showing us how other smaller insects could become a prey of this merciless critter.

1 comment:

  1. nice shot of the assassin bug!!!
    Although I don't get to see them so often in the field, they make good photo subject especially with its prey!