While walking along the river at Springleaf Nature Park, Singapore, I saw a spot of bright red in the water. Getting closer, I saw it was this Red Water Lily (Nymphaea rubra) in full bloom. Spotted on 19 April, 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22694527 ].
... and there is a butterfly resting on one of the petals.
Does it keep opening and display more petals, as time passes?
BTW, I think that's a moth on the leaf. I didn't notice it at the time, otherwise I would have tried to get a closer look at it.
But if I'm not mistaken, it was a Hydrilla leafcutter moth, a moth with an interesting life as a aquatic caterpillar [ http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/BENEFICIAL/Parapoynx_diminutalis.htm ]
Thought it might. Nymphaea alba are quite common here, particularly as a lily added to ornamental ponds.
Interesting story about potentially using the moth to control Hydrilla verticillata. Using one invasive species to control another. What could possibly go wrong. 😃
@fitheach Yes, a lot of things could go wrong with that idea. :-)
But, if done right, it could work (very species specific). One project I'm keeping an eye on is the project to introduce a parasitic wasp to Christmas Island to control the colonies of invasive Yellow Crazy Ants there. Initial results are encouraging.
Disclosure: I visited the island many years ago to see the Red Crab migration and it was amazing. Not so amazing were the parts infested with ants.
the most beautiful thing I've seen today.
@pharham Thank you. Glad you liked it.
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