The real surprise was a tiny lycaenid I noticed flitting high up in a melastoma bush. When it flew down to a lower branch, it's identity was revealed- the semanga superba deliciosa. Yes, it is one of our most superbly delicious butterflies. With it's buff coloured underside adorned with patterns in red, blue, orange and black, it truly is a gem. All that colour- packed into something merely the size of a five-cents coin!
Though I have observed it many times before, it is always a joy to see. This one turned out to be my first sighting of a male, the much rarer sex. They are characterised by having a total of four tails on the hindwings. The females have six, and are usually larger.
Coming to the end, here is a male knight, one of my favourite forest species.
Well, I must say that these two days spent at Mandai have been two wonderful days of my life. The mere diversity of species there is astounding. But the fruiting season has come and gone, and all the butterflies would have gone back deep into the forest. Now I'm looking forward to participating in this survey, at Gardens by The Bay.
That's all for now. ;)