NATIONAL BUTTERFLY Campaign: It’s time to VOTE for our National Butterfly

on 14th March 2015

What better time than Singapore’s 50th year to reflect on our natural heritage? Come 21 Mar 2015, Nature Society (Singapore) or NSS plans to do just that! The National Butterfly campaign will be launched to make the public more aware of the importance of butterflies to the well being of our environment and the need to protect them and their forest habitat where most butterflies live. They will also be educated on current losses and threats to butterflies of Singapore.

The main component to the campaign will be the vote to select our National Butterfly. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents will be given the opportunity to choose their National Butterfly – one which best represents the spirit of Singapore! Six species have been shortlisted by a panel of experts for the public to vote on.

We perceive that the National Butterfly will be an ICON for butterflies of Singapore. It will also serve as a voice for other lesser studied but important insects like bees and beetles that share the same habitat and contribute towards our environment.

The main vehicle for the campaign will be the website which will go live closer to the launch. There will be a voting section which will provide the selection criteria for the National Butterfly, a photo display of the six butterfly nominees along with educational information on our butterflies.

The vote will be launched on 21 March 2015 at the Public Utilities Board (PUB)’s ‘World Water Week’ celebrations at the Sports Hub in Kallang. NSS welcomes this alignment with the PUB as it recognises the importance of water to man and all living things. The voting period for the National Butterfly will be from 21 March to 30 April, 2015.

So don’t forget to vote and encourage all your family members, friends and colleagues to visit the National Butterfly website to cast their votes! Tell them that a vote for our National Butterfly is a vote for a better environment and life! Voters of the winning butterfly are eligible for a LUCKY DRAW and stand to win an exciting mystery prize!

To publicise this campaign, NSS will be distributing posters and standees to be displayed at places where adults, youths and children can be reached. There will also be a briefing on 2nd April from 2:30-4:30pm for Green Group leaders, student ambassadors and invited representatives where one could learn more about the campaign, participate and help publicize the vote. See TIMELINE at the end of document.

If you or your organization would like to receive a copy of the posters and standees or attend the briefing, please contact Nature Society (Singapore) at 6741-2036 or [email protected]. Also visit us HERE.

Six national butterfly nominees – TOP: Common Birdwing (left), Common Rose (right), CENTER: Common Tiger (left), Common Tree Nymph (right), BOTTOM: Knight (left), Painted Jezebel (right). Photo credits: Tea Yi Kai.


5-Mar 2015: A downloadable resource pack to be uploaded on NSS website targeted for schools and organizations. Please visit for details.

7-Mar 2015: NSS conducting a kids butterfly walk to spot the butterfly nominees at Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.

Check out the details HERE. Please email Gloria Seow [email protected] to register.

21-Mar 2015: Launch of voting at World Water Day. LINK to go live. Green group leaders/Student ambassadors to hold activities within their school or organization to publicize the vote during the voting period.

28 Mar 2015: Spot the National butterfly nominees at Upper Seletar Reservoir forest with Gan CW. Check HERE for details. No registration required.

2-April 2015: A briefing will be conducted for Green Group leaders/student ambassadors and invited representatives where one could learn more about the campaign, how to use the resource pack and to help publicize the vote within the organization. Please RSVP to [email protected].

Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Venue: Chung Cheng High School (Main),
46-50 Goodman Road Singapore 43901
Registration link:

31 Apr 2015: End of voting

May 2015: Results of winning butterfly and Lucky draw results to be announced.

If you like this post please tap on the Like button at the left bottom of page. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors/contributors, and are not endorsed by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM, NUS) or its affiliated institutions. Readers are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions or judgements based on the information presented.

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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