It also happens to be a favourite amongst butterflies. Recently, white
fluffy flowers blanketed the forests as the weed flowered. I recently
visited a sprawling patch in the central catchment forest. Here are
some of the species I sighted.
This is a colour sergeant; female form neftina. The male is mostly
black and white like its cousins, but with hints of orange and
blue.There were a bounty of them rapidly flying around the flowers.
When feeding, they had a habit of opening and closing their wings a
few times each time they landed on a new bunch of flowers.
While the colour sergeant was the most numerous species, there
were a couple of dot-dash sergeants patrolling the area too. Most of
them stayed high up in the canopy and teased me, refusing to
venture lower. This one eventually came down briefly.
Besides the sergeants, there were plenty of commanders flying
around but mostly too high up and out of my reach.
The highlight had to the small and spectacular cornelian. The
cornelian is a forest dwelling insect but it has been known to stray
into parks and gardens. Prior to this, I had only seen a tattered
individual at the Zoo; a place I least expected to see it. I did get a
picture but it was a horrible one. At the mile-a-minute patch I had
the chance to get a better portrait of the lovely lycaenid.
The cornelian may have been named after Carnelian, the vermillion
variety of chalcedony (that's noncrystaline quartz); it's upperside
is bright carnelian! I was able to see a less pristine one bask fully
in the distance.
Another rare sighting was of the Striped Black Crow, which I had
not seen before. This crow is confined to forested areas and usually
observed singly. It stayed very high up and this record shot was all
I managed to get as proof that I had seen it.
Butterflies are real opportunists. It seems like every time there is a
lowering bush in the middle of the forest, all the butterflies in the
vicinity rush over to get their fill; or I'm just seldom in the right
place and at the right time! On a side note, I'm sorry for the three
week wait before this post. I was kept busy with my common tests!
This year I will not be posting during my test and exam weeks. Also,
Singapore has fallen under a terrible dry spell and everything is
shrivelling up. Hopefully the rain will be back soon.