Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Cloudy Morning @ Pulau Ubin

On a very cloudy Sunday morning (8 Jan). I accompanied some friends for a hiking around Pulau Ubin - we headed to the western part of the island first.

A rather shy Three Spot Grass Yellow (Eurema blanda snelleni) was hiding underneath a blade of grass - my first butterfly shot of the morning.
It was a nice and easy walk on a cool morning.. This is a male Common Mormon (Papilio polytes romulus ) which was resting on a leaf not far away from the Celestial Resort.
The imperfect underside wings and some fuzzy and strange markings make me uncertain about this Potanthus skipper. However, Dr Seow from ButterflyCircle identified it as P. omaha - a rather common species in many of our grassland habitats.
This is its upperside shot
It was drizzling by the time we reached the Ketam quarry. This beautiful bug was taken with my umbrella on one hand.
On our way back to the jetty, I detoured to the Butterfly Hill - this is still the best place for butterfly watching and photography. This ochreouos brown skipper had a partially concealed perch, I managed to find a small unobstructed view for taking this shot - this may be a female Caltoris malaya according to Dr Seow.
There were many "Tigers" flitting around on the hill. This is a Common Tiger (Danaus genutia genutia) on a familiar perch.
This male Black Veined Tiger (Danaus melanippus hegesippus) was scratching the surface of a seed pod.
I am not sure why these butterflies were attracted to the dry Crotalaria seed pods.
Finally, a Common Sailor (Neptis hylas papaja) was very cooperative and kind for me to take a few shots.
I was quite happy to capture these shots on a cloudy and drizzling day as the main objective of this outing was to enjoy the walk with a group of friends.

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