On a Fast Fade – Lyssa Zampa sightings

It appears that sightings of the tropical swallow tail moth have nearly petered out. Flying in to all corners of the North, South, East and West, our large, velvety brown friends earlier made quite the splash in significant numbers outside of their usual cyclical appearance (May to August). But it now looks like the glitzy…

The botak Lyssa zampa

Almost three years ago, I blogged about Lyssa zampa, the tropical swallowtail moth. I had forgotten about this post, until we suddenly started getting a flurry of comments in the last few days, reporting sightings from all over Singapore. Obviously, 2014 is a bumper season for this impressive lepidopteran, and it seems unnecessary to add…

Crab-tivating!

By Ng Mei Bao who is a Senior Science Educator at Science Centre Singapore. Feeling crabby? Watch this video and it may make your day better! Post by Science It. Wasn’t it mesmerising to watch that little critter eating in such a relaxed manner? Pinching off pieces of food with its claws and daintily bringing it…

Fossil fish discovered in SCS staircase

Walking up and down the stairs instead of taking the lift is good exercise, and I am a frequent user of the staircase at the Science Centre. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that one of the tiles on those very stairs had a fossil fish embedded that I had never noticed before! Judging…

Fight for Every Heartbeat

“Fight for Every Heartbeat”. This slogan from the British Heart Foundation appropriately illustrates the constant battle between Man and his arduous search to sustain life through natural and artificial means, by relying on heart transplants, or oddly-shaped gadgets (like pacemakers) that are sewn permanently onto his fragile body. The need for heart transplants is constant….

Is it a Black Rustic?

My house seems to be a magnet for insects. Beetles, praying mantises, moths, dragonflies. This is on top of the usual ones that you might find. The latest was a black moth sighted on a pipe on the night of 22 January. It might look a bit like a cockroach from far because of the…

Furry Worry

By Ng Mei Bao who is a Senior Science Educator at Science Centre Singapore. A very interesting find outside a friend’s house led to this search and discovery of a seemingly common animal in Singapore, yet many of us have barely had the chance to catch a glimpse of this beautiful creature in action. Featured here…

An evolutionary excursion (Part II)

As promised, here’s Part II of the Evolutionary Excursion! It was an absolute pleasure meeting Barry Clarke at a sharing by Wallace expert – Dr George Beccaloni at Science Centre Singapore on 4 December 2013. The Managing Director at Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific communicated with zeal, his dream of erecting a statue of Alfred…

Another plant-related mystery

This photo was taken along the fence of one of the many construction sites in Jurong East. On the way to lunch, I’d noticed something sitting on top of the edge of that corrugated fence, and on closer inspection that turned out to be a conifer cone. And it wasn’t alone – there were at least…

How long can an Aedes egg survive for under dry conditions?

This question caught my attention in a Facebook contest post by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. There was also an enticing hint to get the answers from “The Silent War” YouTube video clip to find out the answer. So, the curious me clicked on the link and off I went, to view a…