Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Day 2011 @ USR Park

The sky looked cloudy but the sun, assisted by the gutsy winds from the north was working hard dispersing the clouds. Hoping for a late Christmas present from the butterfly fairy and a wild prediction that the clouds would not prevail, I decided to head out to Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park in the early afternoon on the Christmas Day.

This long legged, interesting-looking crane fly with a slender abdomen stayed "flat" , appeared to be dead on the leaf . However, the gutsy winds really posed a great challenge for me to take a decent shot of it.
This shot shows how it stretched its long legs when resting on another leaf surface.The Yellow Creeping Daisy flowers (Wedelia trilobata) were in full blooms which attracted quite a few small insects.

A colourful and tiny metalmark moth (Saptha beryllitis. Family : Choreutidae) showed us how it was feeding on the florets.
A few orange skippers were zipping around and feeding on the yellow flower heads. The intermittent strong winds seemed to agitate them a lot and make them extremely alert to movement. I only managed to take a few shots of this Taractrocera archias quinta.
This is another shot showing its long proboscis was inserted into a floret.
I could never get a satisfactory shot of this very tiny fly - worst still, the winds added more challenge for me. In the process of feeding these small insects also play the role of pollinating the flowers.
A rustle in the Ixora bushes drew my attention. How lucky I was ! - my second consecutive sighting of this beautiful creature - our native Green Crested Lixard (Bronchocela cristatella) seems surviving quite well in the forests.
A rather common forest resident, this Malay Viscount (Tanaecia pelea pelea) "sailed" past me and perched on a Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum).
It decided to offer me a nicer perch on some ferns just a few steps away.
A beautiful moth with some parts of its upperside wings torn was found resting on a Hairy Clidemia (Clidemia hirta) leaf.
Never mind there was no butterfly fairy and no surprise on a very windy and cool afternoon outing, I still enjoyed lazing and strolling along the forest trails and of course taking pictures.

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