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craigwilliams

I'm manager of the Children's Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens. I'm most into ecology and pollination biology.

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craigwilliams Death's-head Hawk Moth
Death's-head Hawk Moth commented on by craigwilliams Southern, Malawi4 years ago

My money would be on Acherontia Dan

craigwilliams Pagoda Bagworm
Pagoda Bagworm commented on by craigwilliams จังหวัดนครศรีธรรมราช, Thailand4 years ago

Pagodiella hekmeyeri

craigwilliams Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by craigwilliams Philippines5 years ago

Heliconia sp. Horticultural planting - nearly all Heliconia are from the New World

craigwilliams Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by craigwilliams Philippines5 years ago

Celosia argentea. Very weedy species but pretty and edible

craigwilliams Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by craigwilliams Palawan, Philippines5 years ago

It's what used to be known as a Bauhinia. I believe all climbing Bauhinia are now classed as Phanera. This is a really lovely one! Is it growing wild?

craigwilliams Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by craigwilliams Philippines5 years ago

This is a Mussaenda, a shrub in the Coffe family Rubiaceae. Popular landscaping plants in the tropics. No idea if there are native Mussaenda in Palawan, but it's possible. This one looks a bit like M.divaricata but that's a bit of a stab in the dark really

craigwilliams Noctuid moth
Noctuid moth commented on by craigwilliams Fianarantsoa, Madagascar5 years ago

Gorgeous Dan! Came to this while researching a possible Hypopyra spotting here in Singapore. Better change the common name to Noctuid though, it's Noctuidae not Geometridae. Hope your next set of travels yields as many wonders!

craigwilliams Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by craigwilliams Singapore, Singapore6 years ago

Looks like a Polytrichum, a type of moss. Very common in the UK but I don't recall seeing any here in SG. It will help with IDs if you give details about where the photo/s were taken.

craigwilliams Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by craigwilliams Singapore, Singapore6 years ago

Psilogramma sp. I think it's P.menephron. P. increta is also found in SG

craigwilliams Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar
Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar commented on by craigwilliams Cairns, Queensland, Australia6 years ago

Hello Andrea, this is a very interesting spotting as there aren't so many feeding records for Daphnis hypothous (which isn't the Oleander hawkmoth btw, that's Daphnis nerii) and there aren't any for Dilleniaceae. I'm pretty sure this plant isn't Dillenia suffruticosa. It reminds me of Nauclea orientalis, which would also be a new feeding record but would correspond to other records on plants in the family Rubiaceae. Do you have any other photos which show more of the plant? Also, did you actually observe the caterpillar feeding or see signs of herbivory nearby on the plant? Many thanks!