Saturday, October 4, 2008

Morning Walk at Central Catchment

This morning, me and daniel went for a morning walk at Central Catchment. We had a wonderful time photographing little tiny critters in the forest.


We were first greeted by a male crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja), which can be identified by its flaming red head.

This insect may look like a moth but it is actually a treehopper (Family: Ricaniidae) which has piercing mouthparts for sucking plant sap.

I spotted a handsome spider while Daniel was taking a photo of our native ixora (Ixora congesta). Is this a lynx or crab spider?

Besides butterflies and moths, skippers are also belong to the order of lepidoptera. This is probably a grass skipper (Subfamily: Hesperiinae) and they often held the fore and hind wings at different angles while at rest.

A stlit legged fly (family: Micropezidae) holding up and waving its two conspiciously marked front pair of legs like a pair of antennae. This behavior is said to be a mimicry of wasps.

Gesonia obeditalis?
Probably Gesonia obeditalis, this is a very tiny moth that can be even found on our urban grasspatches.

While taking photo of a moth, I heard a knocking sound echoing nearby. Daniel suggested a woodpecker and indeed, we saw a Banded Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus) working hard knocking on a dead tree looking for worms.

A copper-cheeked frog (Rana chalconota) is one of the most common native frog in Singapore.

The most bizzare encounter we had today is this swallowtail butterfly, probably the Blue Helen (Papilio prexaspes prexaspes). It was squirting some liquid and unperturbed while we inched nearer to take some pictures and videos. What liquid is it ejecting?

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