At the junction between Brickland Road and Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 near the Hai Inn Temple, there is a drainage canal surrounded by forested areas on both sides. This patch of forest has been a popular site for many macro photographers in Singapore especially from members of Nature Photographic Society, Singapore. We prefer to call this place as Choa Chu Kang Ave 5 (CCK5).
As I had not visited CCK5 for more than a year, I was glad that Kyaw Htay could join me to check out the condition of this place. Due to the dry weather spell for the past 3 week where we did not have a single raining day, some bushes along the canal were dried up and turned into brown colour.
I was not surprised that we spotted only a few subjects during our 2 hours there from 7.30 am – 9.30 am. Here are my humble shots from this outing.
The following image is a common planthopper about 1 cm in size. The name comes from their remarkable resemblance to leaves and other plants of their environment and from the fact that they often “hop” for quick transportation in a similar way to that of grasshoppers.
There were a few common butterfly species but mostly are difficult to photograph except the Glam Blues which were more cooperative and quite plentiful here.
My favourite photo for the day was a katyid nymph feeding on a beautiful Singapore Cherry flower (Muntingia calabura). Katydids are insects in the family Tettigoniidae which are also commonly known as bush-crickets. Katydid may be distinguished from the grasshopper by the length of their filamentous antennae, which may exceed their own body length, while grasshoppers’ antennae are always relatively short and thickened.