Teruntum Merah visited by Butterflies

Painted Jezebel
Painted Jezebel

“While the flowers of Teruntum Merah (Lumnitzera littorea) may be visually attractive to us, some birds find them simply irresistible LINK. Just by probing between the petals, one is rewarded with refreshing nectar.

“Like a moth to a flame, butterflies will also make a bee-line to these blossoms. Thus far, I have observed at least ten species of butterflies coming and going.

King Crow
King Crow

“Examples include the Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete) (top), King Crow (Euploea phaenareta) (above) and Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris) (below).

Blue Glassy Tiger
Blue Glassy Tiger

“Video clips of various butterflies quenching their thirst may be previewed here:

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
29th December 2017

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