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…

Today’s Mystery – Bamboo Twist

How did this bamboo leaf (right) get tied up so neatly? I know of several leaf-rolling insects and spiders; There is a range of caterpillars that roll up leaves as shelters to pupate in, crickets and spiders that hide inside rolled-up leaves, weaver ants that use their larvae’s silk to assemble their nests from whole…

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…

Insect Kingdom – A home encounter

When I first moved to my new place in May 2011, my husband and I discovered a tiny resident spider which kept re-appearing at our service yard. We thought it was amusing to have a resident spider and did not think too much about it. Before that, we also had not paid much attention to…

Somebody call Pest Control!

Anything even vaguely ‘Australian’ generally grabs my attention for good cause although honestly, there are occasions when I wish I was less attentive. One such occasion was on Monday evening, when I’d logged off from work at the Science Centre and had made my way home to have dinner. As I was tucking into dinner,…

~Seismic Feelers!~

Do you reckon that animals have a sixth sense? Well some zoologists certainly seem to think so. They believe that certain animal species have an innate ability to sense subsonic waves from an earthquake or tsunami. There are claims about animals displaying erratic behaviour and moving to higher ground in the face of impending danger….