Late last year, I had the honour of being invited to write an article about the butterflies of the Singapore Botanic Gardens in the SBG Newsletter - Gardenwise. This was the second time that I had written for the Gardenwise, the first time being in Volume 17 published in July 2001. Another article published after ButterflyCircle's "Butterflies Thru' the Lens" exhibition at the SBG Visitor Centre appeared in Volume 27 in July 2006.
So, after an eight year absence, the article Butterflies of the Singapore Botanic Gardens was published in Volume 32 Jan 2009 issue of Gardenwise.
The list will, undoubtedly, keep growing as new species are found.
The other species in the checklist are predominantly urban butterflies that are relatively common in Singapore, but nonetheless contribute life and variety to the Gardens. As butterflies are mobile and some species can fly long distances in search of both nectaring and caterpillar host plants, it is beyond doubt that more species will be added to the checklist as time goes by, adding to the biodiversity and colour of the Gardens.
Acknowledgments : Special thanks to Director/SBG - Dr Chin See Chung, and General Manager/SBG - Dr Wong Wei Har.
(This article appeared in the Feb 2009 Volume 32 of the Singapore Botanic Gardens Newsletter - Gardenwise on pages 18-20)