The Butterflies of Tanglin Halt

When you stop and crouch to take a photograph of a butterfly that’s decided to land for a split second, one of two things happens. 1) The casual passerby is observant enough to also notice the butterfly, and simply think you’re a little strange. 2) The casual passerby doesn’t see the butterfly, thinks you’re taking…

Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)

They’re the sea apple tree’s resident chirpers, these Asian glossy starlings. I’ve never really been much of a bird person, to be honest, but they have so much fun hopping about the leaves and branches, and I see them so often, that I decided to give them some time in the spotlight (not that they’d…

Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)

Fella here was simply, innocently, sitting there in the sun, and though this was at an aviary, waiting for a bird show to start, I think it was enjoying the attention too. It’s a pretty little thing, this one, a lovely shade of green with a ringed tail and the cutest gait ever (yeah it…

A Hairy Situation

The problem with trying to identify hairy caterpillars is that you kind of get the heebie-jeebies after a while, staring at all those images of large, thick, furry crawlers in every imaginable pose, looking as though they’re ready to creep up your arm any moment. Nonetheless, my valiant efforts- bravely over lunch, in fact- don’t…

Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

It’s rare to see a lizard basking in its full glory here. Most are quite shy- I’ve seen more tails flickering frantically into the bushes than a lizard in its glorious entirety, on the electrical box beside the bus stop. I’m frankly more than a little jealous that it was just sitting there enjoying the…

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada geese (Branta canadensis) loved the lawns in New Jersey, immaculately manicured and a nice fresh green. They’d be lolling around in the morning, sometimes sleeping and sometimes nibbling on the grass. You could tell they’d been going vegetarian because their droppings, in an apparent group effort to mimic Jackson Pollock on the sidewalk, managed…

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Probably the most iconic butterfly, the monarch (Danaus plexippus), in all its orange glory, has blazed its way onto the International Space Station (no kidding). Together with the painted lady (Vanessa cardui), it’s being studied to determine how and whether it can complete its life cycle in space. I don’t know what the astronauts were…