View Full Version : Chinese Garden Butterfly Spots

28-Sep-2008, 08:39 PM
Yesterday Benedict asked whether there are any butterflies in Chinese Garden. I thought that since I'd always gone there with specific intent to look for birds, that I'd go there and look for butterflies for a change.

Turns out there is a narrow strip of hedge between Chinese Gardens Public Park area and the old Sea & West where I sighted:
1) Saturn (record shot below)
2) Common Mormon (too fast to photograph)
3) One unid Arhopala (record shot below... Centaur OB?)
4) Grey Sailor (record shot below from hedge near carpark but saw same species near this hedge also)
5) Lemon Emigrant (no shot)
6) Yellows and Blues
7) A lot of skippers everywhere (1 open wing record shots below)
8) One large snake (dare not go close enough to take record shot)
9) One used Japanese made condom (record shot below in case you don't believe... I don't think I want to prone around that area to take any photos)
10) Lots of foreigners staring at you trying to take photos (dare not take record shot)

Best to start at the entrance to Japanese Garden (in the hedge with the white flowering plant (attached photo), I sighted what looked like Apefly and another medium sized white butterfly with blue tail and 2 black spots on it looks like peacock royale...chased it but it gave me the slip) and then by pass entrance to the public park area next to the carpark. Keep along the right side with the hedge all the way till you reach the strip. The strip is next to the playground (photo attached).

Generally don't think the place is conducive for photography. The snake was coiling away when I approached the hedge (you can hear the slow rustle unlike the quick rustle get away of a much smaller lizard or snake). After I walked away further along the hedge, snake jumped out and grabbed a large frog and then slithered lumberously back into hiding. Also the site is too 'dirty'... yucks...

See attached photos:

28-Sep-2008, 08:45 PM
That's not a saturn, bt one of the pansies.

28-Sep-2008, 08:46 PM
I wonder who would openly litter and a condom somemore!:bsmile:

28-Sep-2008, 09:14 PM
Thanks for pointing the mis-id out :)

Sky Blue
28-Sep-2008, 09:36 PM
It's Autumn leaf :)

28-Sep-2008, 09:45 PM
And thanks for the ID! :D

Painted Jezebel
29-Sep-2008, 12:24 AM
Yes indeed, your 'Saturn/Pansy' is an Autumn Leaf, and the Skipper is Oriens gola ( sorry, don't know Common name). The Arhopala is correctly ID'd.

The blue and white species is known Coitus pleasuratus ssp.:)

29-Sep-2008, 07:47 PM
You got your Autumn Leaf before Jeff. :thumbsup:

Okay what quite a number of butt activities minus the packet :mad2:


29-Sep-2008, 08:10 PM
Oops.Sry Ellen.;P And thx Soon Chye and Les for the correction.

29-Sep-2008, 10:01 PM
No need to be sorry Aaron :) I'm sure you know more than me!
--> Les: Huh, seems like you've been studying other things other than butterflies (Coitus pleasuratus )
--> Benedict: I really don't recommend you going there... I think Sime Forest is like 1000 times more fun than Chinese garden. Oh (and to rub salt in Jeff's wounds, I've got a much better photo of the autumn leaf than this one :P)

29-Sep-2008, 11:21 PM
ooiii.. i got a record shot of the autumn leaf on my HP;P

i dun think I want to visit this forum anymore. can see but cannot shoot...

29-Sep-2008, 11:45 PM
I was going to say don't be so sad... you're a new father, you should be proud...
but then again... I love to see you cry :D

29-Sep-2008, 11:55 PM
I think the same rule applies. Under the statute law, section 2(1) Words mentioning about having shot for a particular species without the provision or a picture to support the claim will be excluded.

To summarise NPNT. :bsmile:

Did you regret not shooting more often when you can? :blah:


30-Sep-2008, 01:06 AM

wa... very sadist leh....


I am ignoring you

30-Sep-2008, 10:02 AM
Got new phrase? :lazy2: :lazy2: