“On 6th December 2015, the air was infused with the arousing fragrance of freshly bloomed flowers of the Pulai tree (Alstonia sp.). Apart from myself, I was curious to see if any other creatures would be inexplicably drawn towards these beckoning blossoms. At least two types of bees made a beeline for the bouquets. These included the Giant Honey Bee (Apis dorsata) (above),
“…as well as the Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa latipes) (above).
“Later on, a Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) arrived onto the scene and put its long and slender proboscis to good use (above).
“Video clips of these floral visitors enjoying their drinks may be previewed here:
“I’m sure there was more than enough nectar to quench their thirsts.”
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
20th January 2016