Check out this beautiful butterfly 'sunbathing' at Lim Chu Kang

Submitted by Stomper Kannan

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Stomper Kannan spotted this beauty sunbathing at Lim Chu Kang yesterday (Sep 23). 

The Stomper took these photos from his smartphone, the Samsung S6.

He wrote in an e-mail to Stomp: 

"Spotted the yellow palm dart (Cephrenes trichopepla), a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family yesterday at about 3 pm.

"Just happened to be in the vicinity of Lim Chu Kang Road and saw the beautiful creature resting on a side mirror of a parked motorcycle.

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"Not sure whether it was a newly eclosed butterfly as it remained at that spot for quite a while. This particular species is said to 'sunbath' at times, so that was the time I could have been fortunate to take some pictures of it.

"Before it flew off, managed to capture some pictures of it in close proximity, looked as though it was posing for the photograph!

"Readers who are keen to find out more about the palm dart, can google for more information. Though it is recorded to be one of the many local butterfly species present in Singapore, spotting it at an urban landscape yesterday afternoon was certainly a rare sight for me as I have never seen a pretty butterfly like it. 

"The wingspan of the butterfly is said to be about 40 mm."