Our first field trip for the module LSM3271 (Forest Ecology) had our TAs (teaching assistants) bringing us to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for an appreciation/awareness trip. My group was assigned Sam and Le. I didn't really see much though, perhaps cos I'm pretty much clueless in the field of terrestrial ecology..
Nonetheless I did see some beautiful stuff :)
At the start of the trip Le shared with us the symbiotic relationship between ants and the Macaranga. The former provides protection for the plant against herbivory (animals that feed on the Macaranga) while the latter provides shelter and food for the ants.
Then I spotted this caterpillar on one of the leaves of the Macaranga. Isn't it beautiful! It's body is translucent green and it has spikes over its body like a spun web.. :) Commander pointed out that this is likely the Malay Baron. Click here to find out more about this charming animal :)
This millipede seemed to be busy scavenging for food on a decomposing log.
There was this part of the forest where we noticed prominent "noise". That was the singing of the cicadas. And sure enough there was a signboard nearby alerting us on the presence of cicadas. Ever heard of this amazing (intriguing) species of cicadas that live underground for 17 YEARS as larvae and only come out to mate for awhile, then die after the eggs are laid underground again?
Bracket fungi were common and they are found mainly on decomposing logs.
Other organisms that we saw include the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the Long-tailed Macaques.
I sure hope to learn more about wildlife that can be found in terrestrial habitats. Singapore definitely has plenty to offer still! (: