A Visit to the Hospital

December 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Posted in itchy backside | 2 Comments
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No, Itchyfingers didn’t visit the hospital for checkups, but we were there to visit some friends, or rather, some friends from nature. :p We have long heard that Alexandra Hospital has a garden with lotsa butterflies, but never visited it until some time ago. :p

ou would have thought this is one of our parks right? :p

The Alexandra Hospital Butterfly Trail has many host plants that butterflies
love, thus making it a haven for these creatures. For butterflies lovers, this
is also heaven for them!

There are also many medicinal plants in the garden, inspired by Dr Wee’s

Oooo….I can’t wait to see a snake…hahah…
😀 Most snakes in Singapore
are non-venomous, so we shouldn’t be too alarm when we see them, especially
if we leave them alone, they will also leave us alone

There are indeed quite a few species of butterflies fluttering their wings among
the many plants. This is the
Centaur Oakblue (Arhopala centaurus nakula)
银链嬈灰蝶. The wing looked a bit damaged, otherwise it should look more
this. This individual was among the most cooperative ones to stay so
still to allow me to go so near to photograph

Many of the other butterflies were not so cooperative and gotta say that I din expect there to have so many mossies around…hahah…din bring any repellent, so I was also a bit impatient to wait for better opportunities to shoot. 😦

A record shot of the Dark Band Brown Bush (Mycalesis mineus) 小眉眼蝶

A little pond with kois

Just behind the pond there is this photographic butterfly information panel.
These are the many different butterflies that were found here at the hospital!
All photos courtesy of Butterfly Pals and Butterfly Circle

Each of these shows the Latin as well as common name of the butterfly
species and its host plant. So if you can recognise the host plant, chances
of finding the butterflies are higher…hmmm….Itchyfingers must really go
and study plants…By the way, I saw this Common Mormon but was unable
to shoot its picture…what a waste!

Then I saw this! The Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus) 裳凤蝶!
It was a long time ago since I last saw this beautiful butterfly, one of the
biggest in Singapore, with forewings length of 85mm

t says the host plant is Aristolochia tagala

But I found my Birdwing flirting and collecting nectar from these flowers.
Must go and find out the name of this flower… (Thanks to Khew from Butterfly
Circle, now I know this flower is called Bauhinia kockiana)

A nice infomative sign on the metamorphosis of butterfly was unfortunately
partially covered by overgrown plants…

Life cycle of the Autumn Leaf butterfly

Around three weeks later, a beautiful butterfly will emerge. Different species
of butterflies will take different time to transform from egg to adult

The name of this plant is so strange! It’s called Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
(Brunfelsia pauciflora/calycina)
. It was only when I did a search that I
found that it is so called because at one time there will be white, lavender
and purple blooms on the same plant. Too bad I only took the purple flower

Besides plants and butterflies, there were also many birds spotted…

Similarly, photographs of birds spotted at the hospital were displayed here

My history knowledge is not the best, so it is good to read and know more

It was a short visit at the Alexandra Hospital as it started to drizzle very soon. But it was great to know that there is another good and easily accessible place to look for some good photo opportunities, as Itchyfingers will continue in our next post! 😀

Also see related posts:
> Mystery of a Moth Caterpillar
> When the Hunters Became the Hunted – Hunters & Collectors
> Seeing Double
> Snake Tales



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  1. Glad you enjoyed your visit to AH’s garden.

    The orange flower that you were looking for a name for, is called Bauhinia kockiana. It is a common woody creeper with those spectacular orange flowers that attract the bigger butterflies like the Common Birdwing.

    • Thanks for the flower name! 😀

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