Daily Decay (10th January 2018)

Daily Decay (10th January 2018): American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) being scavenged by Destructive Trailing Ants (Trichomyrmex destructor) (?) @ Tampines

Daily Decay (4th January 2018)

Daily Decay (4th January 2018): American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) being scavenged by Destructive Trailing Ants (Trichomyrmex destructor) (?) @ Tampines

Assorted insects found in Singapore, representing several major groups:

  • Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
  • Beetles (Coleoptera)
  • Bees, Wasps & Ants (Hymenoptera)
  • Flies (Diptera)
  • Dragonflies & Damselflies (Odonata)
  • Earwigs (Dermaptera)
  • Cockroaches & Termites (Blattodea)
  • Mantises (Mantodea)
  • Stick & Leaf Insects (Phasmatodea)
  • Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids (Orthoptera)
  • True Bugs (Hemiptera)

Insects are among the most diverse groups of animals, with more than a million species described (and counting), representing more than half of all known organisms! Despite their small size, the sheer number of insects and the countless niches they occupy mean that they actually play critical roles in various ecosystems. Butterflies and dragonflies are colourful and often highly visible, whereas many other groups are poorly studied in the tropics. Singapore is home to an extremely rich and diverse insect fauna that occupies all sorts of habitats, and we are still discovering new species of insects all the time.

These were some of the many specimens featured at the recently concluded Festival of Biodiversity 2014, which was held at VivoCity last weekend.

American Cockroach


American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
Tampines, 11th June 2011

This cockroach was found on the pavement, and was probably killed when someone stepped on it.

Despite its name, this species is thought to have originated from tropical Africa.