Friday, January 17, 2014
Butterflies of Pulau Ubin Part 1
CH and I went to Ubin on two weekends (14 Dec and 28 Dec) last year. We found that Pulau Ubin is still one of the best places for butterfly watching and photography.
A rather unusual lycaenid which could not fold its wings together so they remained open all the time - this male Cycad Blue (Chilades pandava pandava) was found along the fence overlooking the Pekan Quarry.
It appears to me that the number of visitors coming to Ubin on weekends has been increasing over the years. Despite the heavy traffic of cyclists along the gravel road outside the Nparks nursery, this worn Silver-forget-me-not (Catochrysops panormus exiguus) remained quite still on its perch.
At a shady and mosquitoes-infested grass patch, a rather uncommon Common Redeye (Matapa aria) skipper appeared briefly. Highly sensitive to the camera flash light, it was shot in natural light.
This Lesser Darkie (Allotinus unicolor unicolor) was rather alert too - it was found at the same place as the Common Redeye.
At the mangrove area along the Sensory Trail, I waited very patiently for this fluttering lycaenid to perch. At last it did and I had to react quickly before it took off again. I think this is the Singapore Fourline Blue (Nacaduba pavana singapura) - my last sighting of this species was at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve some years ago.