Civetgirl twists her face during Evening of Biodiversity preparations

Civetgirl Xu Weiting has been pulling faces at all of us for the longest time. Here she is during various phases of preparations for the Evening of Biodiversity expressing a sheer joy of life!

During Dry Run II last Tuesday; sitting in the front row.
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Civetgirls during content evaluation last Saturday
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During post-evaluation edits earlier today (we skipped our Southern Ridges walk)
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Department is providing food, isn’t that nice of them? Here they are with Mrs Chan, one of our exalted department admins, confirming that the department caterer uses Cornware (yes) for reduced plastic content; Civetgirl’s face is hidden but you can guess the expression on her face.
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Conversations on Saturdays

This is the time of the year when the schedule overflows to Saturdays and meetings are held in coffee shops so the students can slurp while we meet.

Explanations accompany the suggestions; a more detailed version of ‘track changes’
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Chua Yi Teng (Hons 2010) mets Liyana Omar (UROPS, 2014)
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I did mean it when I said they slurp
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Vegetarian and mostly gluten-free lunch
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Freshwater crab conservation outreach and education; Yi Teng and I plot
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Joys Tan summarises The Sunday Times article about Pulau Ubin for me
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Will Lyssa zampa, the tropical swallowtail moth, make a big appearance this year?

The tropical swallowtail moth flew in to the corridor outside Starbucks at NUS MD11 last Saturday amidst a meeting about the Evening of Biodiversity.

The next morning I received two other sightings from the south-west, Keppel and Marina, and just now another and another. Looks like its time to post a reminder about submitting sightings though the Habitatnews webpage sidebar ( and email me photos at

Lyssa zampa appears in urban environments every year and on many months, but in some years it peaks with large occurrences around May – August and the last such peak was observed in 2005.

We are always on the look out for the next big emergence!

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20 May 2014 update – thanks for the records everyone! It’s been wonderful receiving sightings from all over Singapore this year especially this humoungous in May; I have been waiting for this large-scale reporting of Lyssa zampa since 2005! While it is numerous in some areas, it is absent elsewhere, so we are lucky to see this moth! Thank you and keep those records coming in! – Sivasothi aka Otterman