6/2014 – NTU Hiking Trail (16 Feb 2014)

During yesterday’s outing at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Ser Yong shared with us a potential macro site somewhere near Nanyang Technological University. Allan & I decided to recce this place this morning.  From Jalan Bahar road, we turned into Nanyang Avenue and took the first left turn.  Thereafter, drive along the Clean Tech Loop all the way to the end.

(Nanyang Hiking Trail map)

(Nanyang Hiking Trail map)

Allan spotted a pair of mating moths near the bushes where we parked our cars. It was interesting that they formed an “A” shape!

(A for mating moths)

(A for mating moths)

Another mating moths of the same species were found nearby. We are unsure of their ID, but accordingly to Allan, they look similar to Triocha varians.

(Another pair of mating moths)

(Another pair of mating moths)

There is a Clean Tech Park here which is still under development. It looks a little like Punggol Waterfront Park.

(Clean Tech Park)

(Clean Tech Park)

We went in to take a look. The place is probably too clean that there were only a handful of common subjects. I only managed to photograph a relatively small Mangrove St Andrew’s Cross spider (Argiope dang).

(St. Andrew spider)

(Mangrove St Andrew Cross Spider)

Feeling disappointed, we decided to explore the 700+ metres long hiking trail. There were quite a no. of Agrionoptera insignis & Lathrecista asiatica dragonflies. Here is a female Lathrecista asiatica.

(Lathrecista asiatica, female)

(Lathrecista asiatica, female)

A rather unusual looking katydid caught my attention. It was shorter and broader than the common katydid that I often see.

(An uncommon katydid)

(An uncommon katydid)

This is another St Andrew’s Cross spider but much bigger than the one we saw earlier. It has silvery hairs and colourful abdomen. Hence, it is also known as Multi-Coloured St Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope pulchella).

(Multi-Coloured St Andrew's Cross Spider)

(Multi-Coloured St Andrew’s Cross Spider)

At about 400 metres into the trail, Allan found a fierce looking Wasp guarding its eggs. It was windy and I had to use a high ISO of 1000 to get a decent shot.

(Wasp guarding its eggs)

(Wasp guarding its eggs)

We called it a day at 11.00 am and went to the nearby coffee shop at Jalan Bahar for lunch. A reasonable good macro site that worth a 2nd visit.

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