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Dance of the Harlequin

on 25th November 2013

“The Lesser Harlequin butterfly (Laxita thuisto thuisto) is a small but striking butterfly, a rare species from the family Riodinidae. Riodinid butterflies are also called Metalmarks, from the metallic-looking spots commonly found on their wings.

“Rioninids are usually found in shady areas in the forest. Here’s a female Lesser Harlequin, performing a sexy little dance with half-open wings, twisting and turning for minutes, from leaf to leaf :

“Not sure if the males perform this dance too, and if there’s a purpose behind the performance.”

Lena Chow
Singapore
20th November 2013

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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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