The Marco Jungle @ Upper Seletar Reservoir Park.

Undergrowth at the Upper Seletar Reservoir Park.

The Upper Seletar Reservoir Park is a gem of a place for insect and macro photographers. Rare forest butterflies, damselflies, spiders, flies and other critters can be found along the forest edges if you spent time looking for them. The rows of Syzygium zeylanicum when in bloom are a magnet for a host of butterflies and moths that are rarely seen outside the forest. Landscape planting of the Leea indica, Leea rubra and Ixoras provided added food sources for them.

A swamp forest habitat of our endemic fresh water crabs.

Spending a morning combing the forest edges early this week with Richard White, Laurence Leong and Lee Yue Teng opened a whole new world to the insect and understorey life for me. Star finds include a Scorpion, two Agamid lizards, cockroach, spider, a fly and some butts but surprisingly no damselflies.

Asian Forest Scorpion Heterometrus sp, a rare find in the daytime. Venom is not known to be lethal. Richard found it crawling along the tarmac and promptly brought it back to the forest.
First time seeing the underside of a forest cockroach. The six dots around the mouth is interesting.
The migrant Chocolate Albatross is still around. A total of six were counted at the park.
Long-legged Fly is a species of the Condylostylus genus. Feeds on aphids and other small insects.
The Common Three Ring used to be common here but is hard to find these days.
Subterranean Termites on the move.
Harvestmen or Daddy Long Legs. Over 6,000 species of this species have been discovered worldwide.
Black-beared Flying Lizard. Diurnal and noctunal, it inhabits the trees in mature forests.
Earless Agamid. This was found on the adjacent tree to the flying lizard. Aboral and diurnal, it is largely confined to the Central Forest. This is the only photo with showing the blue iris of the male.

References:

Nick Baker and Kelvin Lim. Wild Animals of Singapore. NSS.

Biodiversity of Singapore. NParks.

WIkipedia.

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