Sunday, 16 September 2012

Gram blue

In the morning, I decided to have a quick walk to shoot some
butterflies. Because of the dull weather, not many butterflies
came out to play. But these gram blues came out in full force!!
These fellas are really hard to nail because of their non-stop flight.
Yup, they are also extreeemely wary and flutter off at the
slightest of movements.

They seemed to like to flit close to the ground, then land
and bask with their wings half-opened. The male topside (below)
has a brownish base colour, and is strongly shot with blue, giving
it a pale purple appearance. The female is mostly brown,
but has the basal areas (the areas closer to the body) a bright blue.

These lovely butterflies are actually pretty common in
Singapore, and they love to fly around open grasslands, where
the caterpillar host-plant, pueraria phaseoloides, grows

The End.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Sightings from CCA

This morning I was out again with a few other ButterflyCircle
members explore some forest trails in the central catchment area.
What I wanted to go home with - the lesser harlequin. A small, rare
and beautifuuul butterfly. Yeah we didn't spot it. In fact we
hardly spotted anything. The first butterfly I saw was this little
Sixline-blue. He was actually feeding on the minerals deposited on
the leaf.

There were plenty of bush-browns fluttering among
the grasses too, chasing each other around. Much smaller are
the ypthima species. This fella is one of them, the Common four-rings.

This is a mating pair of Common five- rings.

The 'ring' butterflies are all extremely similar looking. Here
is an excellent article about our ypthima species and how the slight
differences tell them apart. The next thing spotted was the ever-
so-wary branded imperial. This male skipped across the trail and
showed me his topside.

After bashing through the trails but to no avail at all, we decided
to head back.This huge skipper suddenly landed heavily on a leaf
in front of me. Turned out it was a female Hoary Palmer. Sweet.

I made one wrong move and off it went, just as quickly as it
came. While searching for the palmer, I noticed a (much) smaller
something darting in and out of the undergrowth. When I peeked
under a leaf, a Plain banded awl was sitting patiently. 
It had such
wonderful glossy colours that were only visible with the flash-light.

Despite the low butterfly activities, it was still great to
get back out in the forests in a hit-and-miss quest to actually
see something new (to me, of course). And in the end I did see
a couple of new butterflies, making the trip pretty worthwhile.

The End. :)