Sunday, December 2, 2012
Somewhere Along Yeo Chu Kang Road
We were fortunate to have a rather nice, in fact hot Saturday morning (24 Nov) in this monsoon season. Thanks BJ for initiating this outing and giving me a lift to this wild place somewhere along Yeo Chu Kang Road.
Except for a short concealed path, I was rather surprised to see there are well-conditioned tarred road in this "no-man's" land. We strolled leisurely, looking out for butterflies and hoping that some durians high on the trees would drop in front of us.
It has been a long time since my last sighting of this form in the wild. The underside of this form is characterised by a patch of diffused post-discal white streaks on the hindwing.
This is form-anomola which is more commonly seen in the wild.
Females lay many eggs, clustered together and usually underneath a leaf. If you are observant, you may find a large group of larvae on the host plant but I guess only a fraction of them survive ultimately as I have never seen a sizable colony of the adults in the wild so far.
There were a few lycaenids puddling on the gravel ground but waiting for them to stay still in the hot sun was a torturing experience. This is my only lucky shot of a Ciliate Blue (Anthene emolus goberus) which happened to stop in front of me while I was chasing another puddling lycaenid.
We ventured quite far away from where we started. Nice scenery at a few spots and a solitary Dark Glassy Tiger (Parantica agleoides agleodies) was found feeding on the Bidens flowers.
At another location, a few butterflies were puddling but they were extremely skittish and never stayed still on one spot. This Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon luctatius) just refused to let me go closer.
A rather small and different grasshopper with some green patches was resting on a grass blade.
There were quite a number of different dragonflies at a few locations. This beautiful blue dragonfly is a male Common Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum glaucum). Though it was alert and active, we could still snap a few shots as they had the tendency to come back to its previous perch.
There were quite a number of dragonflies at different locations. A couple of Coastal Glider (Macrodiplax cora)
There were many species of wild flowers in the area. I am sure you find the shape of this flower interesting and the colours attractive. What is this ?
I have seen this attractive flowers of a climber on beaches.
This flower also attracted skippers to feed on them. After feeding, this brown Pelopidas species rested on the flower.
I will visit this place again and hopefully take more pictures of the wild plants and flowers growing on this huge "no-man's land".