Torch ginger and Tussock Moth Calliteara horsfieldii

on 28th August 2016

Calliteara horsfieldii-moth

I have been growing kantan or torch ginger (Etlingera elatior) for many years now. I use the unopened flower buds for cooking curries to provide the distinct aroma. It is also use in rojak (local spicy fruit salad).

So far the flowers attracted sunbirds although in other locations Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) has been documented.

Recently I have added the Tussock Moth Calliteara horsfieldii to the fauna associated with this plant (above).

Calliteara horsfieldii cocoon

The cocoon was found attached a leaf (above). In due course a white moth emerged (top, below).

Calliteara horsfieldii-moth

Foo Jit Leang of Seletar Country Club’s Butterfly Garden helped put a name to the moth, supplied the image of the caterpillar shown below and directed me to the paper authored by Dr Leong Tzi Ming on this moth HERE .

Calliteara horsfieldii-cat [FooJitLeang].jpg

YC Wee & Foo Jit Leang
9th August 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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