Quality family time with butterflies

Nature@SeletarCountryClub-butterflies

On Saturday 17th December 2016, Nature@Seletar Country Club was abuzzed with the exciting cries of children and their parents. They were running around interacting with butterflies.

Nature@SeletarCountryClub-butterflies

This was a unique outreach activity organised by Lim Jit Leang and Janice Ang to get children familiar with butterflies.

For some strange reasons, many children and even some adults, panic when a butterfly flutters around them.

Nature@SeletarCountryClub-butterflies

Can the reason be because they were told by their mothers that scales from butterfly wings can cause blindness LINK? This of course is an old wives’ tale!

Nature@SeletarCountryClub-butterflies

A brief introduction to butterflies and caterpillar rearing not only got the kids interested but the adults as well. Soon, some overgrown “kids” tried to net butterflies.

Nature@SeletarCountryClub-butterflies

The climax of this outreach program was when participants were allowed to “tar pow” (as in takeaway after a meal at a restaurant) caterpillars and plants for observations at home. For those not interested in live specimens, there were “balloon butterflies” by expert balloon artist, Cheng Khim to take home as souvenirs.

Nature@SeletarCountryClub-butterflies

The children were advised to wear covered shoes least ants find their way to bite their feet. This did not materalise when one mother retorted: “Never mind, let them be bitten.” Nature in the raw indeed!

Lim Jit Leang & Janice Ang
Nature @ Seletar Country Club
17th December 2016

Video by Janica Ang; images by Janice Ang, Cher Hern and participating parents.

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