Sunday, November 10, 2013
Skippers and Other Interesting Critters at Mandai
On 12 Oct I met with up WH at the Casurina Curry Restaurant. After a quick roti prata breakfast, we boarded Bus 138, heading for Mandai. Shortly after alighting from the bus, I spotted this Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) curling itself on tree branches near the reservoir edge.
While we were on our way walking towards the butterfly hot spot, WH spotted a beautiful shield bug (?) which I have never seen before.
Strangely, I have not been sighting skippers as frequently as I used to for quite awhile. So even this small and dull Starry Bob (Lambrix stellifer) could excite us as it presented us with a nice perch on a blade of grass at the entrance to the trail leading to the butterfly hot spot.
From my first glance, I noticed the abdomen of this dragonfly was exceptionally short. My first impression was that it might be something different. After checking the book - Dragonflies of Singapore, I believe this is the Sapphire Flutterer (Rhyothemis triangularis).
I feel that planthoppers belonging to the insect order Hemiptera has not been widely studied. I encountered two different Flatid planthoppres on two different weekends - I have no clue what they are !
At the butterfly hot spot, this wasp was seen diligently visiting almost every Melastoma fruit, chasing away butterflies occasionally.
I am not sure if I have seen or shot this small seed bug before found along the park connector.
Lastly, I saw a moth flying past me and landed on a big tree trunk. Do you see something else resting on the moth?
The butterfly hot spot has been rather quiet since last week of October. I am sure very soon either the flowers or fruits there will bring back insect activity again.