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Common Birdwing (Troides helena cerberus)
Pulau Ubin, 5th January 2018

Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore)
West Coast Park, 22nd May 2016

This photograph of a Tawny Coster was posted by Jay Yip to the Monday Morgue Facebook page.

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Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete metarete)
East Coast Park, 20th February 2016

This photo of a dead Painted Jezebel butterfly was shared by Jay Yip on Monday Morgue’s Facebook page.

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Blue Nawab (Polyura schreiber tisamenus)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 23rd February 2016

Short-banded Sailor (Phaedyma columella singa)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 16th February 2016

Palm King (Amathusia phidippus phidippus)
Sungei Buloh, 3rd September 2015

Orange Awlet (Burara harisa consobrina)
Yishun Avenue 1, 28th March 2015

This dead butterfly was found outside Helen Victoria Scida’s house in Yishun. Khew Sin Khoon of Butterfly Circle identified it as a female of the Orange Awlet.

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Wing of Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris macrina)
Sungei Buloh, 9th March 2015

Banded Demon (Notocrypta paralysos varians)
Sungei Buloh, 4th February 2015

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.