Over the weekend where Dr Laurence Kirton, his wife Yoke Lin, and his capable assistant from FRIM, Chooi Khim were here, they had a quick tour of some of our favourite butterfly spots in Singapore. As we were always short on time, moving from one place to another, and just making it for the Butterfly Conservation Dialogue at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Sunday afternoon.
Looking for the Common Imperial at AH Butterfly Trail
Sunday morning saw us up early (that's 9:30 am for us butterfly enthusiasts!) and we headed out to Alexandra Hospital Butterfly Trail. The Kirtons were quite amused that our first stop was a hospital! But at the trail, the butterflies were already up and about, and Dr Kirton made some interesting observations on the variety of species found in our urban environment. A small patch of green next to a busy road can be an oasis for a good diversity with just the correct host plants. A pristine Common Imperial (Cheritra freja friggia) came down to play.
Dr Kirton and Chooi Khim photographing specimens at RMBR
At the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Butterfly Collection