Monday, November 30, 2009

Singapore Stamp: Honey Bee (Apis javana)

Apis cerana, or the Asiatic honey bee (or the Eastern honey bee), is a species of honey bee found in southern and southeastern Asia, such as China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.

Eight subspecies of A. cerana, including Apis cerana javana, are currently recognized.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Singapore Stamp: Ceriagrion cerinorubellum

Ceriagrion cerinorubellum is a species of damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae. It's commonly known as the bi-coloured damsel. They can be found in many parks particularly around ponds, drains, canal, open streams, etc. Bi-coloured damsels rest on dry twigs and vegetation over water. They're relatively big damselflies in size. They attack and feed on other species of smaller damselflies. Its bluish green head and orange base and the tip of the abdomen is quite distinctive and cannot be mistaken for other species. The female has a similar appearance but has slightly a little darker marking.

This species can be found in Asia: Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Singapore Stamp: Tortoise-shelled Ladybird

The tortoise-shelled ladybird (Harmonia testudinaria, syn. Heteroneda reticulatais an average sized yellow ladybird with stripes along and across the body in a net pattern. It has two black stripes running from the eyes to the wing covers. The larvae are brownish with some creamy markings. The pupa is an orange yellow colour.

It is common in north Queensland and also found in New Guinea and Indonesia.

Thursday, November 26, 2009