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.


  1. Fed, the 2nd shot is that of a female Malay Baron. :)

  2. Hi Sir,

    My name is Nicole and I am a Life Science Major Student from National University of Singapore. I am currently taking a module known as "Natural Heritage of Singapore" and we are given an assignment to design a poster of a habitat in Singapore, describing 3 animals and 3 plants. One of the animals which my group mates and I have chosen is the Common Lascar Butterfly. We came across your blog post, "Last Weekend of November @ MNT", dated December 12, 2009 and saw the amazing close-up photograph of the Common Lascar taken by you. Therefore, we would like to seek permission from you to use that photograph in our poster. You may contact me @

    We would love to send you a copy of our poster once it is completed.

    If you need any verification, you may contact my module coordinator/lectuere, Dr Ng Ngan Kee, at

    Hope to hear from you soon!


  3. Thanks for the correction, Khew
    Hi Nicole, please check your email