Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Butterflies of Pulau Ubin Part 2

We went to Pulau Ubin again on 28 Dec - our last outing in 2013 on a breezy and cool Saturday morning. As usual, we headed straight to the Butterfly Hill. There were quite a number of butterflies fluttering around the area; amongst them was this Black Veined Tigers (anaus melanippus hegesippus). 
I like the perch and the background colours of this picture of a Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris macrina).
This is another "Tiger" - the Common Tiger (Danaus genutia genutia) resting on a stem.
A female Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus) was seen hovering around her larval host plants Instead of laying egg, she presented a nice high perch for me to snap a few shots.
A female Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas  bolina jacintha) was taking a long break at the Butterfly Hill - it has been a long time since my last encounter of a female.
This Telicota colon stinga (The Common Palm Dart) was the only orange skipper I came cross in this outing.
Brown skippers seemed to be more common as I saw at least three different species. The Contiguous Swift (Polytremis lubricans lubricans) was rather common in Ubin - it had the tendency to open its wings shortly after it settled on a new perch.
So taking its underside shot required a bit of luck.

According to Dr Seow who identified this rather large brown skipper on the  BC forum , this was likely to be a female Baoris oceia (The Paintbrush Swift).
A different perch of the same specimen.
Another large and dark brown skipper was zipping past me a few times before it landed on a Hibiscus flower. I could only snap two shots before it disappeared completely. It looks like the Conjoined Swift (Pelopidas conjunctus conjunctus).
A very tame Palm Bob (Suastus gremius gremius) was enjoying its meal on a Bidens flower for a long period of time.
This Indigo Flash (Rapala varuna orseis) was a surprised visitor on the Butterfly Hill - but it wasn't cooperative, giving me no chance to take more shots.
This brown praying mantis tried to hide under a blade of lalang grass but obviously it was a wrong choice as its brown-coloured  body and the green leaf are too contrasting to disguise its preys.
It was a very fruitful outing on the last day of 2013. I hope the year 2014 will be a good year for me - shooting more interesting or rare fauna and flora and hopefully discovering something new !

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