A gyandromorph Common Blue butterfly

You Are Your Better Half

Beauty in the eye of the
Camera holder.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus icarus)

In which an organism displays both male and female characteristics. Most notable in organisms that exhibit sexual dimorphism, such as butterflies and birds.

Photo: Burkhard Hinnersmann | Wikimedia Commons

Baby house gecko shedding its skin

Small Feet, Big Dreams

With tiny tutu
I break all world records for
Ceiling pirouette!

Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
Native to South and Southeast Asia. Geckos shed like all reptiles but, unlike snakes, their skin generally falls off in pieces.

Photo: RollingRED | Reddit via Imgur


A curious group of young gharials

Huh? Catch No Ball Leh

Did we miss something?
Why is everyone cheering?!
Gah! I want to know!

* “Catch no ball”: a Singlish expression that means “don’t understand / don’t get it”. Literally used when one is confused about something.

* “Leh”: A Singlish particle usually tagged at the end of a clause or sentence for emphasis. Somewhat similar in use to the slang word “man” (e.g. “Don’t be so mean, man”).

Gharials (Gavialis gangeticus)

Photo: Akshay Mudgal | Facebook

Close-up of a Titan Arum (Corpse Flower)

Attack of Titans

Raising a great stink
Over still greater powers
Destroying the weak.

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)
Commonly known as the “corpse flower” for its putrefying odour, it is the world’s largest unbranched inflorescence (compound flower). The Rafflesia arnoldii holds the record for the world’s largest individual flower.

Photo: Luke Mackin | Flickr

A fire ant seeming to stand on one leg

Look Ma, No Strings!

Fauxtography or
Great timing, patience and skills —
Who am I to judge?

* How can we tell apart real wildlife and nature photography from fake ones? Photographer Hee Jenn Wei has translated a Weibo article on wildlife photographs that look too unrealistic to be true — including the suspected use of strings to create dramatic poses.

Fire Ant (Solenopsis sp.)

Photo: Robertus Agung Sudiatmoko via Hee Jenn Wei

Close-up of a durian's sharp thorns

Kingdom of Love and Hate

Sacred crown of thorns
Rewards those who get past its
Armour and odour.

Durian (Durio sp.)
Also known as the “King of Fruits” because of its formidable sharp thorns. It is common in many parts of Southeast Asia and comes in many cultivars, some of which are highly valued and priced. And, depending on who you ask, the smell and taste of durians can range from irresistibly fragrant to horrifyingly fetid. (I belong to the former.)

Photo: Marui Takato | Wikimedia Commons via Flickr

A serious-looking budgie

Like Royalty

Regal splash of blue
In disdain for those who keep
Staring at others.

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
Male budgies over six months old generally have a bright blue cere (area containing the nostrils), while females have a brown or white cere.

Photo: Rolf Dietrich Brecher | Flickr