African Giant Snail

African Giant Snail (Achatina fulica) being scavenged by Weaver Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina)
Tampines, 6th April 2011

The Giant African Snail: A Problem in Economic Malacology
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Caribbean Pest Information Network
The Spread of the Snail Achatina fulica to South China
Invasive Snails and an Emerging Infectious Disease: Results from the First National Survey on Angiostrongylus cantonensis in China


Butterfly wings (Lepidoptera)
Tanah Merah, 10th October 2010

There were many butterfly wing fragments floating in the shallows and washed up on the shore that evening. I did not see any intact butterflies. If I may just hazard a guess, perhaps a spate of bad weather killed a group (flock?) of migrating butterflies. Scavengers took care of the bodies, leaving behind the unpalatable wings. I’m not sure if butterflies in the region do actually migrate, or whether they migrate in discrete single-species groups, but it was certainly strange to see so many wings from just a single species of butterfly concentrated within the area.

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Javan Myna

Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Tampines, 13th June 2010

This was one of six dead Javan mynas that I’d found within a small area at the void deck of my block. I suspect that this was a localised case of poisoning, although it’s impossible to tell whether this was a case of deliberate culling of mynas, or whether the mynas had consumed poisoned bait meant for feral pigeons (Columba livia).

In any case, I hope the local stray cats had the sense not to scavenge from these carcasses, and that nobody allowed their pet dogs to have a little feathered snack.

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