Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Ant - Going on a date - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One ant to another: Hi darling, I'm coming over to see you....


Almost there... wait for me... I promise to bring you for the sweetest honey ever..

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Curry Leaf's Flower - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

First time observing the flowers from the curry leaf plant. Tiny white flowers, very dainty and pretty. 




Sunday, 26 February 2012

Ant's nest - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 We saw this huge pile of "sand" in our outdoor garden and upon closer inspection, we realised it was actually an ant's nest! Huge, right? 

Almost looks they're building a sandcastle, I guess in a way that's right.. building a "castle" for the Queen Ant


Big, black ants



Monday, 20 February 2012

Bee on wild flower - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Walking through the forest and found this bee flying around this pretty red wild flower.





Saturday, 18 February 2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

2 day old butterfly/moth - what do they get up to? - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ever wondered what do butterflies / moths get up to after they come out from their coccons? Fly away and smell the roses? Enjoy nature?

No no.. wrong on all counts... we were surprised to find the butterflies/moths which were barely 2 days old doing this..

Horny little creatures!! (we couldn't believe our eyes!)


Close-up!


Mating


When two become one







Happy Valentine's Day to all! ;)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

From caterpillar to butterfly/moth - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Remember the photo of the giant caterpillar we took a month ago. (Click here to view) Anyway since then it has been cocooned up for almost a month now. The same tree that it's cocooned it, there are several other cocoons of similar breed. Anyway just two days ago, we noticed that there were lots of butterflies / moth hanging around the tree and then realised these are the product of that giant caterpillar!!!

Anyway we found one which just came out of the cocoon, it was all shrivelled up (the wings were slowly spreading open over the course of 1 hour), here's how the giant caterpillar looks like when it's come out of it's cocoon. 

The butterfly/moth all like to congregate near a fellow friend's cocoon. Why is that, I wonder?




Looks like a heart shape on its wing (when the wings are together)



Do stay tuned for more photographs of the butterfly/moth and what they have been up to (I promise it will be very interesting!)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Butterfly on daisy - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Must be butterfly season again as we've spotted quite a few in our garden lately. Last night, we saw four moths mating in a tree outside our garden, but it was too far up the tree so couldn't get a good shot. This morning, we saw that they're still around but still our camera's zoom is not that good that we can capture photos of them.

Anyway, here are some on lower level ground that are easier for us to capture, small pretty butterflies on daisy plant. 






Monday, 6 February 2012

Is it a bee or a fly? - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The first time we saw this insect, we thought it was a bee due to its colour. I posted photos of this "bee" on Instagram a few times, and was told that it is actually a fly. Yup, it's a hoverfly, also known as flower fly, which are frequent visitors of flowers in the garden. Well, at least it's much more good looking than the common house fly. The colors are quite pretty - purple face with bright yellow body and black stripes running across. 


Judging from photos online, this is the Marmelade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus).

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Red Aphids (ant-lookalike) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I think these are called aphids. (well, I'm no expert on insect names so please correct me if I'm wrong).From far, they look a little bit like ants but clearly when you go closer, you will see that they're not. Saw an army of them on our "sui mei" plant the other day laying eggs on the seedling.. apparently they're quite a pest so I guess I'd have to take my can of Ridsect outside later and give them a little "perfume spray". 











*First photo is taken with iPhone4S and others are all taken with LX5. 
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