Saturday, May 14, 2011

Along Old Upper Thomson Road Part 2

Continue from my previous blog post.

Old Upper Thomson Road is a long and winding road that took me more than 2 hours to stroll from one end to the other end.

I almost bumped into this moth larva which was hanging vertically from a tree clinging on its tiny silk, trying very hard to climb upwards for a foothold .
It was "dancing" in the air, demonstrating all sorts of body movement.
I had to be very patient and quick to snap these shots as this acrobatic larva was moving and swaying in the air.
A solitary Yellow was fluttering around a young Abizia tree (Paraserianthes falcataria) across the road. I could see from far that some leafs were being eaten - so many Three Spot Grass Yellow (Eurema blanda snelleni) larvae on one leaf stalk.
On another leaf stalk, I saw a late instar larva displaying some tiny liquid droplets on its body. I guess this is a kind of defence mechanism to fend off any intruder - you can see a tiny critter on its body.
Other larvae many not be so lucky - one poor larva was eaten up by a wasp.
The stretch after the Upper Perice Reservoir entrance was rather quiet. I could not find any winged critters except this strange looking moth caterpillar was moving on a leaf.
I cannot remember when was the last time I walked on this serene and quiet road - I like the way it is now and hope it continues to provide nature photographers, hikers, joggers and cyclists a safe and easy road to ramble on during weekends.