Who was Wallace Trail named after?

22 May 2011
A short visit to Dairy Farm Nature Park again, exploring the Wallace Trail. I have been through this trail many times, and guess that many did not find out why exactly was the trail named after Wallace.

The person in question, is Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. The Malay Archipelago was one of his most popular and influential journals of scientific exploration in the 19th century. In 1854, he had stopped over in Singapore and spent time near the current Dairy Farm site conducting his research and collecting beetles. Hence, both the trail and education centre were named after Alfred Wallace.

Information obtained from Wikipedia pages: Alfred Russel Wallace and Dairy Farm Nature Park.

Now for the day’s captures! Not much but an interesting set to share.

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) - DSC_7971#1 Dragonfly basking in the morning sun

Dragonfly (Anisoptera) - DSC_7989#2 Side profile of the blue fella. Anyone with ID?

Millipede (Diplopoda) - DSC_8000#3 Found this millipede resting under a branch. Most people walking by did not notice it at all.

Ladybird-Mimic Beetle - DSC_8011#4 At first glance, many would think that this is a ladybird or ladybug. It is in fact a ladybird-mimicking beetle, with a protruding head and hairy back.

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8026#5 Spent a lot of time with this female jumping spider

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8029#6 Couldn’t really get it to look at me!

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8041#7 It finally looked at me! But composition was messed up. lol

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8057#8 Record shot of the side profile

Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_8058#9 Record shot from the top, useful for IDing in the future

Eucharitid Wasp (Eucharitidae) - DSC_8102#10 Common wasp-like fly, not sure of exact ID

Eucharitid Wasp (Eucharitidae) - DSC_8114#11 Side view, blurred antenna due to movement!

Straight-Snouted Weevil (Brentidae) - DSC_8143#12 A red, pointy weevil!

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8181#13 Our star of the day – Xystrocera festiva, a beautiful and large long-horned beetle with an orange/green striped back.

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8192#14 Trying to accommodate the horns into the picture

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8212#15 Someone placed a dried leaf in the background

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8233#16 But I preferred a more natural setting and took it off đŸ˜›

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8263#17 Big fella crawling around some moss

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8265#18 Seemed a little uneasy, and opened it’s wings a few times. Too bad I didn’t take a shot of that.

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8280#19 It had a really flat face

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8290#20 Final shot, getting a teeny little bit closer!

The complete album can be viewed here.
  1. Reply

    Daddy Bear

    28 May 2011

    Great post, Nicky. Love the tidbits of information! đŸ™‚

  2. Reply

    Nicky Bay

    13 June 2011

    Thanks Adrian! Never know when all the information can be useful to anyone đŸ™‚



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