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.
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