August Observation @ Ecogarden, Science Centre Singapore

I was inspired by a post on Facebook to make my way down to our Science Centre Ecogarden after a heavy rain one Friday (22 August) to see what insects I might spot. It was in the evening just before 6pm and I headed straight to a row of potted plants right in front of…

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…

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…

Today’s Discovery – Shake it, pupa, shake it!

I like to make discoveries – making an observation and figuring out something I didn’t know before. Quite often, this happens in our Ecogarden. Like today, when I checked on the Atlas Moth pupae that have caused quite a stir among some of our staff here at the Science Centre. All those remaining caterpillars still roaming…

Hear hear!

Sound is one of the important senses of human beings. Try covering your ears while watching a movie, or while someone is talking to you. Without it, while we can still function partially, the world will become seemingly still because of the silence. You probably know that besides being heard, sound can also be felt…

A day with nature at the Jurong Lake Park

It was an long day ahead for me on the 29 Sep 2012, but I woke up with much enthusiasm looking forward to all the activities of the day. In the morning, Science Centre Singapore had our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity which was held at the Jurong Lake Park. We went on a nature…

An hour with… the Rubber Pavilion

Individual Science Centre exhibits usually get no more than a few minutes of attention, but spending a whole hour near one can be interesting… Singapore has had rubber trees since 1881, and you can learn all about the history, cultivation, harvesting and processing of this versatile natural resource at the Rubber Centenary Monument in the…

An hour with… the Double Gravity Well

Individual Science Centre exhibits usually get no more than a few minutes of attention, but spending a whole hour near one can be interesting… The Gravity Well is a classic and very popular exhibit, probably found in every science centre. We have a few of them as well, some of them set up as donation…

Ants and their pheromones (Part 2)

Recently I blogged about my observation of ants’ behaviours when sprayed by a homemade ant repellent solution of vinegar and water. You can read the last blog here. The solution has been useful for me at home, so I have more or less been diligently using it. Apparently, it works best (at repelling the ants)…