Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Quiet Morning @ USR

I met up with Yano on 4 Feb at Upper Seletar Reservoir (USR) Park to pass him a copy of C&P4 (The Butterflies of The Malay Penisular by A.S. Corbet and H.M.Pendlebury, 4th Edition). I reached the park early and checked out the surrounding area of the golf driving range.

There were a few crane flies resting very tamely on some leaves.
At the same location, some ants and a few small flowers of a Noni tree (Morinda citrifolia) attracted my attention. Here is a detailed write up on this evergreen shrub.
There was a bunch of red flower buds nearby which also attracted some ants. I have not identified these flowers yet.
On one particular Singapore Rhododendron shrub near the round-about, I spotted quite a few hairy moth larvae. I have seen this moth larva a few times but I am not sure what species this is.
We went to some of the usual spots to hunt for butterflies. But it was a quiet day, we didn't get to see many species. This is a Telicota species with a nice perch on a fern near the reservoir edge.
At the same place where the orange skipper was. an intimate pair of Common Three Ring (Ypthima pandocus corticaria) was resting on the same type of fern - they positioned themselves at a difficult angle for us to take a good shot.
Nice meeting Yano again at USR. Being an adventurous and knowledgeable butterfly enthusiast, he will record and shoot many species of butterflies soon.

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