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Little Spiderhunter harvesting nectar from torch ginger

on 2nd July 2009

Steven Chong sent in an image of a Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) harvesting nectar from the flowers of the torch ginger (Etlingera elatior)

The Little Spiderhunter visits Steven’s garden three to five times a day collecting nectar from one flower after another in an inflorescence before moving to another inflorescence.

The flowers of torch gingers attract plenty of sunbirds, as shown by the regular visits of a male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) in an earlier post.
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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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