23 May 2012

A Sneak Peek

A Sneak Peek :
Caterpillars of Singapore's Butterflies

The first inaugural Festival of Biodiversity jointly organised by the National Parks Board and the Biodiversity Roundtable will be held this Saturday 26 May 2012 at the Botany Centre of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This Festival is organised as a platform to showcase the nature community's efforts and raise awareness of Singapore's biodiversity.

At the Festival, ButterflyCircle will be launching our 2nd book, the Caterpillars of Singapore's Butterflies.  This guide book features mainly the work of Horace Tan, who meticulously documented the early stages of butterflies over a period of 5 years.  A total of 80 species of butterflies' life histories are featured in this 208-page book. This is the first book to exclusively feature the caterpillars of Singapore's butterflies. Caterpillars of Singapore's Butterflies is published and sponsored by NParks.

A concise introduction describes some important biological and ecological aspects of the early stages of a butterfly's life, first as an egg, then caterpillar and finally pupa, before the adult butterfly ecloses.  Each of the 80 species is featured on two pages, showing the adult butterfly, all the instars of the caterpillars, pupa and information about the host plants and so on.

A section of the book deals with butterfly friendly landscaping and design strategies to lay out a butterfly garden.  Some suggested butterfly nectaring and host plants are listed for gardening enthusiasts, parks managers and landscape designers who are keen to set up a butterfly garden. 

ButterflyCircle is pleased to present our 2nd guide book about butterflies, that is targeted towards creating awareness and as an educational resource for nature enthusiasts and the public alike.  Our first book, the Field Guide to the Butterflies of Singapore, launched in 2010, features the adult butterflies that can be found in Singapore.  This time, the Caterpillars of Singapore's Butterflies take a peek into the secret lives of caterpillars before they transform into the beautiful butterflies that we admire.

Come visit ButterflyCircle's booth at the Botany Centre and get your copy of the Caterpillars of Singapore's Butterflies at the cost of only S$26!  See you at the Festival of Biodiversity this weekend!

Text by Khew SK : Sample pages of the Caterpillars of Singapore's Butterflies courtesy of the authors and NParks.  


Bluebottle said...

Congrats to Uncle Horace and Uncle Khew forths amazing book!! And all the effort put into it.

I will definitely get my hands on it!

Horace said...

Thanks, Jonanthan. :)
Hope you like the book. I am sure in time to come, you will have the time and drive to continue the work we started and excel in it.

B.Karen Goh MM said...

Thank you for all the wonderful and informative posts on your blog. I wish I had started this interest long ago. I began taking sporadic photos of butterflies among other things like birds, plants and insects but the various butterfly species really intrigued me. So far I've been to Tampines Eco Green, Pasir Ris Park, Ulu Pandan PCN, but now I know there are a few more places I'm targetting to go "hunt" for butterflies. Initially I got a $5 guide book published by the Science Centre that helped me identify some of the butterflies. Then I while trying to find the names of some butterflies I photographed, stumbled on this blog and was very happy to find the wealth of info here. I made a special trip to the Biodiversity fair at the Botany centre last weekend to get the caterpillar book! I'll never look at caterpillars the same way again. They still freak me out but I have a whole new appreciation for them. Now I've asked my hubby to get me the Butterfly field guide book as well for my upcoming birthday! :)

Horace said...

Thanks, Karen for all your kind words and your support of the new book at the launch. :)
I started with the same $5 guide book published by the Science Centre six years ago too! Over time, I am sure you will get to encounter more if not all the butterfly species in Singapore, and their early stages (if you also pay attention to their host plants). :)

Zephyrusk said...

Hi, Nice to meet you
I'm Butterfly mania in South Korea
I want to this book.
but i don't know information
where is this book in online ??

help me T.T

Commander said...

Hi Zephyrusk,

Nice to have someone from South Korea visiting! The book is only available from the Singapore Botanic Gardens at the moment. But if you email me at khewsk@hotmail.com, I'll see if I can help you.

Zephyrusk said...

thanks for your kind...^^
i had send mail to you, yesterday.
Confirm plaese~

thank you ~

carine said...

My niece has developed an avid interest in caterpillars. :) She requested for a book about catepillars but this is no longer not available at Botanic Gardens, Kinokuniya or Gardens by the Bay.
If anyone has a lead, please let me know.