Thursday, May 17, 2012

USR on Labour Day

Labour Day is a day for workers to celebrate and take a day off to refresh and rejuvenate. I chose to recharge myself by going to the forest. So I met up with Cher Hern at Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park for a walk cum butterfly hunting.

I arrived early and went to the washroom before getting my camera gears ready. Strolling along the forest fringe, I came across this Malay Lacewing (Cethosia hypsea hypsina) larva resting underneath a big leaf which did not look like the usual larval host plant, Adenia macrophylla. 
This was my first time seeing this dragonfly in a shady part of the first trail - I am not sure if this is a  Gynacantha dohrni. (Note : Mr Tang  has identified it to be a  young  Gynacantha subinterrupta. A write-up on this species can be found here .
Here is another shot that Mr Tang used to identify the species.
At the end of the "First Trail", I noticed this Yellow Banded Awl (Hasora schoenherr chuza) in its usual behaviour- hiding underneath a leaf when it settled on a new perch. With luck and patience, I managed to nail a record shot.
This Aberrant Oakblue (Arhopala abseus abseus) was spotted in a shade behind the toilet.
We went to the reservoir edge. I saw a few lycaenids fluttering around but only this Common Line Blue (Prosotas nora superdates) was kind enough to pose for me.
After coming out from the reservoir edge, I had to stalk and wait very patiently for this rather small Common Posy (Drupadia ravindra moorei) to perch long enough to take a few shots. 
 This Malay Viscount (Tanaecia pelea pelea) was found resting in a bush of shrubs. 
Our last shot of the morning was this Sumatran Gem (Poritia sumatrae sumatrae), a beautiful lycaenid which didn't present me with a good shooting angle and condition.
Though the weather was quite ideal for photography and there were butterflies zipping and flitting around, I just could not find many good chances of shooting them - they appeared to be very restless and uncooperative on Labour Day ! 


  1. Hi Federick, the dragonfly does not look like Gynacantha dohrni. Could you send me a photo of higher resolution, showing the head more clearly?

  2. Hi Tang
    Thanks for the comment. I have sent two pictures to you.