Sunday, February 15, 2009

Butterfly Park @ Alexandra Hospital

It was slightly more than a year when I last visited this little garden over at Alexandra Hospital.
First or first pair of butterfly that I saw was this mating probably Common Mormon that on a lime tree. Or could that be lime butterfly?
A beautiful Blue Glassy tiger butterfly.
A very bright yellow butterfly - Common Grass Yellow
A Chocolate Pansy
This is a Leopard butterfly. Thanks Commander for the id.
I have no idea this very hairy caterpillar will change to what butterfly or why it decided to stay at the open area? No fear of any predator?
However, this lime Caterpillar rather stay camouflage with their colour similar to the branch they stayed. When provoke, they will try to deter their predator with this very fierce looking face. Does it looks like a snake with their red tongue extended?Other than butterfly, this garden also house to many other insects and not forgetting spiders. Such as the jumping spider with the face of a 'Mask Rider'.A rather rare spider to be found in the urban area - a red Tent Spider (Cyrtophora unicolor). Red tent spider are usually found within mangrove vegetation.Again, I was puzzled by this spider with a very distinctive web.Another beautiful Horned spider probably a Gasteracantha kuhliThe palm tree is flowering and attracted lots of bees.In the nature, nothing is go to waste, even poo! The dung beetle was first to arrived...follow by fly...Several different dragonfly can also be found in this small garden.This beetle was still lazying under the sunlight.Cicadas call can be heard within the garden too. I'm not sure why this cicada decided to rest at artificial tree trunk (a lamp pole). Perhaps trying to prove that he got no fever??As with any outdoor activities, if you are prone to mosquitoes bite... remember to wear long sleeve or apply insect repellent. I'm sure you don't want the mozzie army to spoilt your activities.


  1. The first shot shows a mating pair of Common Mormons. Interesting, because the female had probably just eclosed (you can see the pupa shell on the left) when the male came in and helped himself. :-p

    The 2nd shot is a Blue Glassy Tiger.

    The orange butterfly is not a Cruiser. It's a Leopard, and a resident at AH, because of the cultivation of its host plant, Weeping Willow.

  2. Thanks for the info & id. So the female are ready to reproduced the minute they are eclosed, interesting!

  3. Yes, I recall an article in NatGeo some time back, referring to it as "pupal rape", where before the female even has a chance of drying her wings, she is attacked by one or more males hovering outside the pupa, waiting for her to eclose.

    You can read more about butterfly activities and ecology at