The Lizard and the Lime Butterfly

on 26th March 2016

“Have you seen a lizard and a butterfly in the same video?” asked Lilian Sng.

The Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor) was on the Lantana (Lantana camara) bush first. Then the Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus malayanus) flew in to feed on the nectar of the flowers.

LimeButterfly [LilianSng]

Both the lizard and the butterfly appeared to coexist, with the former eventually moving away. It did not try to predate on the butterfly. It can be because the opportunity failed to materialise. The butterfly was way beyond the reach of the lizard – at the ends of the branches rather than on a branch.

CHangeableLizard [LilianSng]

Next time perhaps…

Lilian Sng
14th February 2016

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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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