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Transcript of Butterfly
How does it form
part of the ecosystem at the koi pond?
The butterfly garden attracts butterflies near our school and enables butterflies to lay eggs and reproduce due to the plantation of nectar and host plants. It forms part of the ecosystem as butterflies can be seen flying around the koi pond.
Nectar plants such as fire bush and panama rose planted around the koi pond. They provide abundant nectar which is food source for the butterflies. They are placed near to koi pond so that when visitors come to visit our school, they can enjoy the views of those beautiful butterflies flying around the koi pond and the beautiful plants. The visitors surely do not want to see the ugly caterpillar and those host plants which had leaves eaten by the caterpillars. The nectar plants can also get the sufficient amount of water from the koi pond near them.
Why do you think the nectar plants are place near to the koi pond while the host plants are placed nearer to the car park?
What do you think is
the purpose of the metal shed
at the butterfly garden?
The purpose of the metal shed is to allow the caterpillars to turn into chrysalis.
Caterpillars hang upside down on the top of the metal shed with their back legs and curl themselves into a “J” shape. They then start to shed their skin one last time before turning into the chrysalis.
Students in Temasek may have a chance looking at the process of caterpillar turning to chrysalis, and from chrysalis to butterfly. They can also get to look at the chrysalises closer which are hanging on top of the metal shed.
Hose plants such as blood flower are planted further away from the koi pond at the car park. Butterflies lay a group of their eggs on the leaves of those plants. Hose plants provides abundant of food for the young of butterflies, the caterpillar, which eats to eat a large amount of leaves to grow before turning to chrysalis. They are planted at the car park so that they could receive more amount of sunlight to photosynthesis and provide more food for the caterpillars.
Butterfly gardens should be part of every school’s landscape as it enables the students to have a chance to get closer to the natural environment in Singapore. The students will appreciate what they have now and not take things for granted in the future after visiting the butterfly garden usually. Students can also relieve their stress when before examination or test. They will breathe in fresh air produced by those nectar and host plants while walking alone the butterfly gardens. They will also be amused by the different kinds of butterflies they see in the butterfly garden. This will help them to relieve their stress.
Having a butterfly garden enables the students in the school to gain more knowledge about the butterflies. For example, they can see the different stages of the butterflies at a close view instead of only seeing caterpillars and chrysalis on the textbook and know the different kind of butterflies attracted to the butterfly garden. Besides knowing about the butterflies, the students can also learn more about the nectar and host plants and the other insects attracted such as bees and dragonflies. For example, the students will learn the uses of those plants and the insects or butterflies those plants will attract.
How is the life cycle of a butterfly similar to your experience as a student in Temasek.
When we came to Temasek, we are the “caterpillars” which just hatched from the “eggs” We began to know more about our friends and classmates, gain more knowledge from our teachers and overcome any difficulties we faced. We are the “caterpillars” eating food from the “leaves” and hiding from the “birds”. When we are ready, we had to take the “O” level. We turned into the “chrysalis”. After we got our results, we were leaving Temasek and go to our dream junior college or polytechnics. We are “the beautiful butterflies” which are going to fly to other places to explore.
Can urbanization co-exist with nature?
Yes, urbanisation can co-exist with nature. Trees and beautiful plants can be seen planted all around Singapore. They purify the air in Singapore and provide pure and fresh air for Singaporeans to breathe in as they take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen when photosynthesizing. Trees allow birds to hatch their eggs on the nests built on the tree branches. Mangrove swamps. Zoos, Botanical Garden are also built in Singapore. They allow Singaporeans to see and gain knowledge more about the different types of fauna and flora.
Nowadays, Younger generation in Singapore do not know to appreciate and are taking things for granted. They will learn the importance of conserving natural in Singapore, appreciate them and not take them for granted due to the nature environment in Singapore. Future generation will have the chance to see the fauna and flora, especially those which are in danger and going to be extinct. Singapore is also the only cities with a rainforest within the city limit, excluding Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.