Sunday, October 4, 2015

Critters at USR and Mandai Areas

The number of  critters and butterflies that I encountered during my weekly outings to nature reserve, in particular at  Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park and Mandai areas have been extremely low since mid August. 

During the past few months, the Plain Lacewing (Cethosia penthesilea methypsea) was sighted more frequently then the Malay Lacewing (C. hypsea) at USR.  On 15 August, a couple of Plain Lacewings were frolicking in the morning sun and feeding on the Leea indica flowers.
While feeding or perching, it had the tendency to flap ts wings to display its uppersides.
About a month later on 12 September at USR, I once again, bumped into a Plain Lacewing feeding and resting on a leaf.
On a cool Saturday morning at a park connector along Mandai road, an orange skipper stood out rather prominently amongst the green vegetation. It was a male Besta Palm Dart (Telicota besta bina) with a nice perch for me to take some shots.
Occasionally, when the morning sunshine pierced through the clouds, it began to spread out its wings.
 The uppersides of the hindwings can be useful for  us to identify which Telicota species it should be.
Feeding furiously on some small white flowers of the Leea indica shrub at USR, this Yellow Vein Lancer (Pyroneura latonia latonia) allowed me to snap a few quick shots.
When there was nothing to photograph, common butterflies such as this Common Five-ring (Ypthima baldus newboldi) became my model when it was cooperative enough. 
It wasn't an in-flight shot - the Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana javana) was in fact feeding on a Biden flower in the hot sun at Mandai.
There were a few critters crossed my path at USR. This looks like a kind of beetle to me.
Is this a plant hopper? I have not seen one which looked like this before.
A large moth larva crawling on a twig at USR.

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