29 Feb '12, 12am

The Annotated Budak: Lousey by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Lousey by @budak

The vertical plains of lichen and moss that line local trails not infrequently harbour pseudocolonies of barklice, vaguely termite-like insects with long antennae and wings folded like a tent over an abdomen that visibly expands as the psocopteran chews its way through a veldt of fine, filamentous strands. At times, large aggregations of flightless nymphs can be seen on an exposed flank, gorging themselves on the aufwuchs of tree bark or embarking on an asynchronous wave of moults into adulthood. Restricted to the curves of forest giants and ill-equipped to dip their maws into standing pools, barklice possess the rare ability to drink from the air , using pre-oral sclerites that catalyse water condensation and a cibarial pump that sends the resulting fluid into the gut. The imagos are curious creatures; Clematoscenea , the most commonly encountered species in Singapore, is...

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The Annotated Budak: Paradise on earth by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Paradise on earth by @budak

budak.blogs.com 28 Feb '12, 6am

A soft thud on the damp litter off the boardwalk between the carpark and grand entrance of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is...

The Annotated Budak: Ponders by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Ponders by @budak

budak.blogs.com 07 Mar '12, 4am

Coenagrionid damselflies, at least those that frequent the pools of city parks, tend to keep their wings closed and their ...

The Annotated Budak: Bockadam by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Bockadam by @budak

budak.blogs.com 21 Feb '12, 9am

The seaward side of the bund that runs along the western fringe of Semakau Landfill is a slope of rocks gentle enough to p...

The annotated budak: Signs of risk: Other arachnologists have noted the reflective qualities of stablimenta, par...

The annotated budak: Signs of risk: Other arach...

budak.blogs.com 21 Feb '12, 4pm

Unlike the sticky spiral that encircles the hub, the stabilimentum consists of aciniform silk, a tough protein used to env...

The Annotated Budak: Crab scorpions by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Crab scorpions by @budak

budak.blogs.com 19 Feb '12, 4am

In more temperate climes, mudflats in lagoons where both the surf and slopes are gentle are the scenes of nocturnal orgies...

The Annotated Budak: Bombshells by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Bombshells by @budak

budak.blogs.com 17 Feb '12, 5am

By a quirk of political geography, many butterflies in the family Nymphalidae were bestowed English names that recall nobl...

The Annotated Budak: Webmates by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Webmates by @budak

budak.blogs.com 16 Feb '12, 4am

Invasions of a more insidious nature are launched by reduviid bugs in the subfamily Emesinae, which are equipped with rapt...

The Annotated Budak: Don't take my pigture by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Don't take my pigture by @...

budak.blogs.com 10 Mar '12, 11am

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The Annotated Budak: Five levels of frogs by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Five levels of frogs by @b...

budak.blogs.com 17 Feb '12, 5am

Though not beasts of the branches, microhylid frogs have also made numerous attempts at severing ties with standing water....

Puteri Balqis Azizi: Budak Comel yang Pandai Berlakon

Puteri Balqis Azizi: Budak Comel yang Pandai Be...

topotato.com 25 Feb '12, 4pm

? hehehe baca sampai habis. Aku memang peminat drama Melayu haha setiap minggu pasti aku akan tengok Cerekarama kat tv3. 2...

The Annotated Budak: Birds of the bamboo swamp by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Birds of the bamboo swamp ...

budak.blogs.com 08 Mar '12, 4am

The bunds and boardwalks that cut through the swamp, however, offer a quite different assembly of birds, one requiring a l...