“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.
“Examples include the Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete) (top), King Crow (Euploea phaenareta) (above) and Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris) (below).
“Video clips of various butterflies quenching their thirst may be previewed here:
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
29th December 2017