Spotted this Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) resting on a leaf and it let me get close for this shot. Quite happy with the results. Taken on Coney Island, Singapore, on 23 March 2020.

The Tawny Coster is a recent arrival to Singapore (first seen in 2006) and originates from India or Sri Lanka, where it is common.

On iNaturalist [ ].

@sohkamyung Lovely photo! My camera/lens aren't up to such close work, but maybe some day...

There's a Coney Island in Singapore? I live in New York City and we have a Coney Island in Brooklyn--although it's no longer an actual island, having been filled in and connected to the rest of Brooklyn more than a century ago.

@Karen5Lund Thanks for the kind comments. 🙂

Singapore's Coney Island is still an island. A businessman bought the island in 1950, intending to turn it into a leisure resort (like NY's Coney Island) but it never happened. By then, the locals were referring to it as Coney Island and the name stuck.

Here's a local library info article on it's history [ ]

@sohkamyung Interesting! The thought of Coney Island as a "health resort" is funny: ours is known for an annual hot dog eating contest, and in general it's more honky-tonk than leisure resort, but it's fun (and there's an aquarium).

I haven't been to Coney Island in years, but now that we're supposed to limit travel, I have an urge to visit.


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