Monday, September 26, 2011
Strolling From MNT to LT
We experienced rather weird and bizarre weather in the first two weeks of September, very much wetter than the past. It was not an ideal day for outing on 11 Sept, I still went for a leisure stroll from MacRitchie Nature Trail (MNT) to Lornie Trail (LT).
An oddly-shaped green fruit lying on the shady forest floor caught my attention. I have no idea what this strange-looking fruit is.
Look at this cluster of Asystasia flowers, they really presented themselves beautifully and quite prominently. No wonder this small fly was also attracted by these flowers. With a bit of luck and patience, I managed to capture an instantaneous moment when it was about to make a landing.
This pink dragonfly is Trithemis aurora - a common species that can be found at the ponds near the main entrance. How could anyone ignore its beauty and the stylish perch ?
There were quite a few Ring butterflies hopping and feeding on the Mile-a-minute flowers at one particular spot along LT. Though unattractive, this Common Five Ring (Ypthima baldus newboldi) displayed an elegant perch on a bunch of flower buds.
It is usually not easy to identify a skipper by just looking at its uppersides.
However, the underside markings of some orange skippers such as the Bush Hopper (Ampittia dioscorides camertes) are distinctive enough for us to differentiate it from other species.