Tags: Animals, Bugs, Nature
Itchyfingers were leisurely cycling in Pulau Ubin one fine day on a double bike (ok, I’m lazy to negotiate the slopes!) when something strange caught my eyes. I don’t have the best eyesight and it was really amazing that I could spot it that day while cycling! I guess it must had been fate or just luck! :p Why did I say this? Look at this picture…
Huh? What’s there to see? Just some plants that most people can’t name…
including myself… :p I think I gotta study more about plants…
I hopped down from the bike…
There! What is this thing with a hair-like netting around it?
Wow! This looked so strange! The cage looked like it was made from some
kinda hair-like substance….and the guy inside looked suspended there….
A closer look. We didn’t have proper camera with macro lens with us that
day, so this was the closest I could get. So bizarre looking! It certainly
looked like a butterfly or moth pupa though I couldn’t be sure. I know of
pupae that look like bird shit but have never heard or seen something like
I sent the photo to my scientist friend working in Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) and she forwarded it to another friend who studies insects. This is what I got, “This is the pupa of an Arctiid moth. The caterpillar also lives in such a space net, made from the hair of the caterpillar body. Adults are very colorful (primarily red, orange, yellow).”
Interesting. A quick search online on “moth pupa in a net” brings me to this site that showed a similar photo. It says, “When pupating, the caterpillars of many moths make cocoons or shelters using silk and other materials. This lichen moth makes an elaborate open mesh cocoon using the shed hairs from the hairy caterpillar which are held together with silk. The pupa is suspended in the middle.”
How interesting! 😀
Tags: Animals, Sports, Uniquely Singapore
Itchyfingers just completed our first fun run of the year. It is a run that I have always wanted to join since its inauguration four years ago. The Safari Zoo Run was first started in 2009 in memory of its most famous Orang Utan, Ah Meng. Didn’t join the previous years cos Itchyfingers were so overwhelmed by the various choices of races available….hahah…
This year, we had an extra motivation to join….
The super cute medal design! Hahahah!!!! Had wanted to join in the 12km run as we would
each get a different design. But eventually we settled for the 6km fun run as we would be
paying lesser fee, using lesser effort and getting a medal with all three animals on it! Hahahahah!!!!
Well, we were indeed lucky Itchyfingers. I was sick during our last race at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and this time it was Tisu Boy’s turn to be sick. So a 6km fun run is certainly going to be much easier on the recovering body than a 12km competition race! 😀 Since it was a fun run, we were gonna take it very easy and take photos on the way.
The 12km folks started at 7.30 am, followed by the kids’ run at 9 plus. Our
starting time was so late at 10am! It was a really sunny day so everyone was
already feeling the heat even before running…There was this long time
lapse as the organiser wanted to prevent congestion in the parks…
So funny as we gotta pass by the ticket gantries…This should be quite
crowded and would have created bottleneck if you join the longer competitive
run…Of course the fun runners were much more relaxed…
First animals that greeted us were these Gaurs, also known as Indian
There were so many distractions along the way…
We were so excited to see the Asian One-horned Rhinoceros under day light!
This is a vulnerable species found in Indian and Nepal
Pack of five or six Indian Wolves wondering why they were asked to start
work so early on a Sunday morning… :p
A baby Asian Elephant also woke up early for its morning exercise…
Many people mistook these for wild boars…They are actually the female
Babirusas. A single male was sleeping at the next pan. Over at the zoo are
all male Babirusas, with long curved upper canine
A lazy Spotted Hyena
Wonder why weren’t there signages next to all the animals, leaving many people wondering what animals were they looking at and making wild guesses…
Sloth Bear that attracted lotsa attention. His ears look like fluffy ear plugs
for cold weather…hahahah
Was surprised to see quite a number of the animals out to greet us. But some were a bit too far to take decent photos. It was getting hotter and soon we were exiting the Night Safari and entering the Singapore Zoo.
We didn’t stop and take that many photos at the zoo as the animals can always be seen in the daytime, unlike those nocturnal ones at Night Safari.
It is the final resting place of our beloved Orang Utan, Ah Meng, who has
departed on the 8th February, 2008. She is buried on the left, behind her
sculpture here. The Safari Zoo Run is organised in memory of her
All the while Itchyfingers had been jogging very slowly and walking. It was only towards the last kilometer that we started to pick up our speed slightly, as it was really getting a bit too hot.
Also see related posts:
> In Loving Memory of Ah Meng
> Goodbye! Our Beloved Singapore Girl Ah Meng (circa 18 June 1960 – 8 Feb 2008)
Tags: Animals, Chinese New Year, Culture, Design, Flowers, Uniquely Singapore
Itchyfingers paid a visit to the yearly Sentosa Flower Festival during Chinese New Year. Somehow we didn’t find this year’s flower variety exciting…many of them were the same kind…Last year, there were flower displays of the 12 zodiac animals (which we didn’t write about!). This year is the Dragon Year, so we were expecting to see a lot of majestic flower arrangements of the Dragon. There were a number of them, but not all were nice. I thought they didn’t make use of the space to make something really spectacular…
A pair of golden dragon next to the ugly elephant look-alike logo…hahah
The expression looked very comical…heee. Quite cute actually…
By the way, Longan has found a lovely home! 😀