A BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY IN OUR GREEN HEART

Anthony and I agreed to meet for breakfast and this time, I chose where I thought breakfast by the beach would be a good start to a quiet Friday morning but that was not to be (restaurant is closed during Ramadan hours). Not letting this little setback ruin the morning, we instinctively headed further up to the “Hilton”, a popular non-Halal eatery in Sungai Liang frequented by locals and expatriates alike (never quite figured out how it earned its nickname though).  The last time both of us had coffee here was when we ventured into the Labi forest for pictures of “Somboi-Somboi” pitcher plants.

Where is this Palmetum Garden, I hear you ask? For those of you in the Belait district who regularly trek in the forest of the Sungai Liang Recreational Forest Park would instantly recognise this area that has been developing quietly. Curious, we stopped by to see what it’s about little did we realize we were able to step into a butterfly sanctuary that’s also a nursery.

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Easily mistaken for a regular green house, this turned out to be quite a find. A butterfly sanctuary where several species of the colourful creatures can be found right here in Sungai Liang.
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Not exactly a reflexology foot path but nonetheless this sanctuary features pretty nice landscaping to give you that zen feeling. The only thing missing here is autumn weather.
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No shortage of colourful butterflies to appreciate and photograph to your heart’s content.
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This nursery has a variety of host plants to attract a variety of butterfly species.
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A lone black and white butterfly with its large wings spead open while it feeds on the nectar.

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A worker from a nursery takes out the pupae from a container to prepare them for the third stage of Metamorphosis before turning into butterflies.
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A peek inside the container reveals layers of pupae in a variety of shapes, colours and textures. From an egg comes the caterpillar which forms a protection shield called pupa when it has finished growing. Most of the transformation takes place in side Pupa.
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Among the more eye-catching pupae are these gold coloured selection. Now, isn’t an outing like this better than a classroom lesson? To think we could have missed such an opportunity!

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This selection of pupae resemble tree leaves very likely for camourflage purposes to avoid being easily seen by predators. Placed against a backdrop of white disposable foam plate, perfect contrast for photo op.
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Worker secures each pupa in a humidified cabinet to allow the natural process of metamorphosis to occur.

All photographs captured using the Canon PowerShot G11.

7 thoughts on “A BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY IN OUR GREEN HEART

  1. I love the gold nuggets. And, I’m still kicking myself . . . Very nice photo. This is one chance in a zillion to be at the right time, the right place , and a Canon G11 in hand. Canon, send me one. I’ll gladly review it.

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    1. I believe some sort of non toxic glue is used for this purpose. Because the pupae are very light and the cabinet is sheltered from strong winds, the risk of them coming off is very minimal so very little adhesive is all that is required.

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    1. The farm is still there but the photo comment is what it looks like now — the inside looks neglected. Your guess is as good as mine as far as why it was built in the first place. I Googled and found no newspaper publication about its existence or purpose.

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