Nestled just after the gate leading into the Nanyang Technological University, is a little herb garden tended to by Mr Ng and a few helpers. Previously overlooked, the site was suggested by Gandalf after he spotted and photographed several Green Barons flying around the small garden patch.
Normally, I would not write much about the locations I visit in Singapore. Usually, because these locations are already well documented within the community and other times, it’s because they usually need no introduction. However, on this special occasion, after visiting the herb garden, I was touched by Mr Ng’s dreams of hoping to set up a butterfly garden one day and hopes of more people coming by to share with him ideas of how to do so.
What was remarkable about this site was that there was a lot of activity centred in a very small patch of garden. The garden is little more than the size of a few carparks with many butterflies hanging around at the strangest nooks and crannies. The garden typically sees more activities during Buddhist festivals where many Buddhists gather at the garden for the observance of rites.
Mr Ng is always very hospitable and ready to offer a stranger a drink.
While we were there, he pointed to us leaves which when boiled can help to get rid of coughs, and some fruits which can be eaten raw to help with backache.
I was amazed by the number of Green Barons at the site. There were several males and several females, more than the number I’d seen altogether in the past five years. We attempted to locate the hostplant but didn’t manage to find it.
On top of that, there were also other not so commonly found species such as the Dark Veined Tiger and the Malay Staff Sergeant below:
Besides these. there were the more common species such as the Leopard:
We also have the good fortune of seeing a Painted Jezebel lay eggs on a parasitic plant:
There were also a good number of bees and wasps available. I’ve included a photo of some of them and the fruit that is said to cure backache:
If you want to visit, here’s a location map:
I hope you get to visit soon.