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BUTTERFLIES MATING BESIDE STREAM

on 21st March 2014

“On the hot afternoon of 23rd February 2014, relief from the heat was sought at the refreshing waterfalls of Sungei Kroh within FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia; Kepong, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia) (above).

“While exploring the rocky banks of the stream, a pair of Tailed Disc Oakblues (Arhopala atosia, family Lycaenidae, subfamily Lycaeninae) was spotted (above). They had tumbled down, with abdomens attached, from overhanging vegetation and settled silently, blending well against the brown leaves in the background.

“Fortunately, their lengthy mating session was not disrupted or disturbed by other native residents along this stream, including a forest skink (Sphenomorphus scotophilus) which was perched nearby (above).

“In Singapore, this species of butterfly is considered to be very rare and is only found amidst thick vegetation of forested areas (Khew, 2010).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming & Gary Lim
Singapore
4th March 2014

REFERENCE
Khew, S. K., 2010. A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Singapore. Ink on Paper Communications Pte Ltd, Singapore. xxv + 342 pp.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Sincere appreciations to Dr. Laurence G. Kirton (FRIM: Entomology) for kindly and swiftly confirming the identity of the mating butterflies.

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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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