13 Sep – Celebrating biodiversity at the garden

Our garden is one of the community gardens selected by NParks to plant butterfly-attracting plants, to help extend the reach of Tengah Nature Way.

Tengah Nature Way is an initiative by NParks and the South West Community Development Council (CDC) to bring biodiversity closer to the neighbourhood, while hopefully also provide a green corridor for birds and butterflies to travel between the forest areas of the Bukit Timah and Central Catchment nature reserves and the Western Water catchment.

We must be doing something right for we encountered butterflies, lady birds and even a tortoise beetle at the garden!

Here are some photos:

Plain Tiger butterfly on dill
Plain Tiger butterfly on dill. Neighbour Steven said we are blessed to see this and other butterfly species in our garden because of our crown flower plant (host plant)
Mottled Emigrant butterfly on plant Cassia alata
Mottled Emigrant butterfly on plant Cassia alata. In this photo, the egg, caterpillar and butterfly of the same species. (ID credit: neighbour Steven)
Contiguous Swift skipper butterfly (ID credit: neighbour Steven)
Contiguous Swift skipper butterfly (ID credit: neighbour Steven)
Green mottled tortoise beetle
Green mottled tortoise beetle (Photo credit: neighbour Steven; ID credit: neighbour Dennis). A first sighting! We initially thought it was a ‘bad’ lady bird, and was rather relieved to know that it was not. But it does feed on leaves, so we will need to monitor what it feeds on!
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