26 February 2010
What is this fungus? Find out in Nature in Singapore!
25 February 2010
24 February 2010
22 February 2010
There are special workshops on dragonflies, night workshops on frogs and toads, and bats! And walking tours for kids at the Southern Ridges and Kent Ridge Park. As well as an art exhibition.
19 February 2010
Find out more at the talk on "Secrets to Anthers - Window to Curcuma Evolution?"
18 February 2010
Where have all the fish gone? See the world’s first major feature documentary film revealing the devastating impact of overfishing on the oceans!
16 February 2010
These guides are a wonderful aid for those learning to identify these plants!
15 February 2010
09 February 2010
08 February 2010
The Park has a regenerating secondary forest and planted trees. The most popular of these trees must surely be the durian trees planted by squatters long ago. These result in an increase in visitors during the durian season!
06 February 2010
05 February 2010
Amateur hymenopterist, John Lee, talks about the bees and wasps of Hong Kong, their similarities and differences with Singapore's species, and his work to share about these fascinating insects with the public in both countries. Read Part 1 here!
The inch-long giant honeybee, Apis dorsata (pictured above), builds combs that can exceed a metre. This aggressive species nests high in trees, and so is rarely encountered by humans. Its honey, however, is highly sought after and collected by local communities in many parts of Asia, who use smoke or fire to deflect the hive’s defenders.
03 February 2010
Why enjoy life on one island, if you can do so on two? That's what John Lee, a self-taught entomologist specialising in bees and wasps has been doing since his teens. In this interview, posted in two parts, John shares how he got hooked on hymenopterans (click here for a quick introduction to these insects), the hazards of the hive and the discoveries that keep him coming back for more, in both Hong Kong and Singapore.
You’d expect the prospect of getting stung and other jungle hazards to be part of the package for one who studies bees and wasps. But who would have thought that the pursuit of new hymenopterans could involve getting chased by angry villagers unused to snooping strangers?
That’s what John Lee, a young Singaporean based in Hong Kong, has to deal with at times as he explores the northern New Territories. These rural parts are some of the most productive places to observe wasps, with high concentrations of rare species. “But the villagers are often highly suspicious, close-minded and can get violent,” he notes. Other risks in the field include unpredictable weather, particularly sudden thunderstorms in Singapore, and dogs. “I have learnt how to stand my ground and force them to retreat,” John remarks.
Named for their membrane-like wings (hymen = membrane in Greek, while pteron = wing), hymenopterans include bees and wasps. Ants also belong to this order, but except for their reproductive forms, called alates, this family (Formicidae) has abandoned flight to create colonies that have been described as superorganisms of unmatched complexity.
01 February 2010
As part of International Year of Biodiversity, American Museum of Natural History Curator Susan Perkins celebrates with a blog featuring a Parasite of the Day for the entire year!
Here's more about her site and why we should care about parasites.