Sunday, March 30, 2014
Bukit Panjang Area On Two Saturdays
I went to the western part of the nature reserve on two consecutive Saturdays (8 and 15 March) near Bukit Panjang. Walking alone underneath an overhead bridge towards the forest on 8 March, I bumped into this Black Veined Tiger (Danaus melanippus hegesippus) when it was taking a morning nap - I thought it was a good start for the day.
But after that, it was just trekking and no shooting for a long period of time until a rather worn-out female Horsfield's Baron (Tanaecia iapis puseda) (correction: this should be a female Malay Baron (Euthalia monina monina) was seen flitting around.
I was attracted by this rather strange-looking creature above my head - a kind of fly with a long tail?
I met up with Scast on 15 March at Kim San Leng coffee shop. After a quick lunch, we started to trek from Bukit Panjang to Dairy Farm Park. We saw quite a number of Pea Blues (Lampides boeticus) and Gram Blues (Euchrysops cnejus cnejus) flitting around a small plot of land used by residents to grow vegetables and cucumbers.
Staying rather tamely on a leaf, this pink grasshopper looked nice and unique.
An orange skipper appeared to be a Telicota species was resting peacefully at the same vicinity as the Pea Blues.
A beautiful and commonly sighted dragonfly in the nature reserve, this is likely to be a female Cratilla metallica. She had a tendency to come back to the same perch again.
The ovipositing bebaviour of a Pygmy Grass Blue (Zizula hylax pygmaea) along the roadside caught our attention.
The sky turned cloudy and followed by a short period of drizzling when we were near Zhenghua Park moving towards the Dairy Farm Park. We welcomed this long-overdue light shower after more than one month of drought.
Our last shot of the day (15 March) was this Silver-Forget-me-not (Catochrysops panormus exiguus) when it landed on my bag at the washing point. Lately, I have encountered and shot this species quite often than before - a rather strange phenomenon.