I joined my friend, Sharon, who led an informal macro outing to Rifle Range Nature Trail (RRNT) this morning. At the start of the trail, she spotted a plant full of yellow flowers known as Erycibe tomentosa. A friend recently sent me a Facebook group called “Flowering in Singapore” where it invites people to post photographs of flower as part of an initiative to encourage citizen science. I took a few record shots for this purpose.
RRNT is quite a popular place for nature lovers, joggers & hikers. I remember bringing my family of more than 10 people for a morning walk here last year.
It has a narrow footpath with plants and trees on both sides. I found a Common Four Ring (Ypthima huebneri) butterfly resting on a leave but only managed to take a few shots before it flew away.
I soon caught up with the group and I saw Allan shooting a dead weevil. As it was an uncommon weevil with black and white spots, I took some shots too.
We took a short rest half way along the trail.
I found a light brown colour grasshopper. I don’t think I have seen this species before.
Allan spotted a beautiful caterpillar nearby. We took turns to shoot at it. Please let me know if you know the ID.
A not commonly seen Straight Snouted Weevil was also spotted nearby but it dropped into the ground. Allan, Foong & Sharon tried very hard to search for it but without success.
While they were searching, I went to explore on the right side of the forest and found a stream with stagnant water.
I was disappointed not to find any interesting subjects here except a very common cricket. Crickets are insects somewhat related to grasshoppers, and more closely related to katydids or bush crickets.
I proceeded further into the trail and soon reached the wetland, our final destination. Chiat Pin, Stephen, Sia & Babith were already here long ago!
The wetland is the best place to shoot Singapore’s smallest dragonfly, Nannophya pygmaea. On a good day, there are plenty of them here. Unfortunately, only a handful of males were seen.
There were quiet a number of other common dragonflies and damselflies but most are very active. I only took a record shot of this relatively cooperative immature male Neurothemis fluctuans.
As I had an lunch appointment, I left earlier from the group. While on my way back, I found a jumping spider.