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Saturday, 7 January 2023

Afternoon Walk At Windsor Nature Park (07 Jan 2023)

 After last week walk at Windsor Nature Park, I decided to make some changes to my macro camera setup. To test the new setup, I decided to go back to Windsor Nature Park in the afternoon since the number of people walking there will be lesser compared to the morning. Of course, the chances of finding beetles in the afternoon is also significantly lower. 

Here's a shot of an interesting fungus mushroom growing on a rotten tree stump. 



Tumbling Flower Beetle (Glipa malaccana) ~ 8 mm


First-time-encounter Net Winged Beetle ~ 4 mm


Leaf Beetle ~ 8 mm


Weevil (Derimaea bakeri) ~ 3 mm


Ground Beetle ~ 4 mm


Fungus Weevil ~ 4 mm


This trip was considered fruitful even though the number of beetles encountered was relatively small as I was able to test out my new macro setup. From the less than sharp photographs taken, I guessed that there are a lot more adjustments required. Back to the drawing board. ;P

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

Noon Walk at Windsor Nature Park (27 Dec 2022)

 It has been a long while I last did any macro photography of beetles, partly because I got lazy 😆 and my camera problem still persisting (Night Walk At Mount Faber Park (23 Apr 2021)), and also partly because my usual macro photography buddy HW was out of action for a while. 

Nevertheless, taking advantage of my leave and good weather today, I decided to go to the Windsor Nature Park to do some macro photography actions. In order to avoid the morning crowd, I took the risk of going there around noon, knowing that the chance of finding beetles at this time is significantly lower as we get later into the day. Do pardon the poor quality of the photographs for this trip due to my camera problem which affected the focusing of the subjects.

It is probably due to the weather, I was pleasantly surprised to come across two snakes on this trip. HW, here are the photos specially taken for you (pardon the quality of the photo due to taking it using the macros camera). 

 Painted Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus)


Mangrove Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila)


Tumbling Flower Beetle (Glipa malaccana) ~ 8 mm


Tiger Beetle (Therates dunudiatus) ~ 8 mm


Ladybird Beetle ~ 4 mm


Leaf Beetle (Hoptosarnidea singaporensis) ~ 6 mm


Net-winged Beetle (Taphes brevicollis) ~ 15 mm


I am not sure of the identity of this beetle which seemed to be a Firefly (Lucidina clavareaui) according to an internet search (iNaturalist NZ), but I was not able to find it on the The Biodiversity of Singapore website. If you have a definitive ID of this beetle, appreciate that you can let me know in the comments section. Thanx.


This was an interesting trip after a long break. Although the number of beetles encountered was small, they are still interesting to me because it has been a while I last encountered them. Once again, my apologies for the poor photograph quality, guessed that I need to do something about the problem.😬












Saturday, 2 July 2022

Unplanned Morning Walk At Lower Peirce Reservoir (02 Jul 2022)

I was on leave and happened to be around the Lower Peirce Reservoir area to run some erands, so I decided to do an impromptu macro-photography session using my handphone. 

The weather was nice and dry in the morning and the place looked perfect for walking around. Here are two shots of the place where some of the beetles on this trip were found.






The first beetle for the trip was a colorful Darkling Beetle.

Darkling Beetle ~ 5 mm


Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus) ~ 15 mm


False Click Beetle ~ 8 mm


Fungus Beetle ~ 2 mm


Fungus Beetle ~ 15 mm


Beetle Larva

 

The trip was a bonus and has given me the opportunity to try out the idea of using handphone for macro photography. Although it seemed viable, what is lacking is still very much of the resolution of the handphone camera as compared to DSLR with a macro (1:1) lens. Nevertheless, I think it is still good for impromptu macro-photography sessions like this. 😊

Monday, 27 June 2022

Afternoon Walk At Windsor Nature Park (25 Jun 2022)

 It has been almost 6 months since I last did any macro-photography session. Guessed that I got lazy with Working-From-Home. 😊

The weather has been wet over the past few weeks, so the place with the best chance of finding beetles in the afternoon in such wet weather would be the Windsor Nature Park. Because of the wet weather, there were a number of interesting fungus mushrooms popping up in many places. Here's a brightly colored fungus that I found on a fallen log.




The first beetle of the trip was a special Leaf Beetle with two different colored elytra.
Leaf Beetle (Lema rufotestacea) ~ 8 mm


Dung Beetle (Onthophagus phanaeides) ~ 5 mm


Darkling Beetle ~ 2 mm


False Click Beetle ~ 8 mm


Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi) ~ 15 mm


Tumbling Flower Beetle (Glipa malaccana) ~ 8 mm


Net Winged Beetle  ~ 10 mm


Fungus Beetle (Episcapha quadrimacula) ~ 20 mm

The number of beetles encountered was expectably low due to the time of the day and also the wet weather for the past few days. Nevertheless, it was wonderful to be able to find some interesting beetles on this trip.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Morning Walk At Windsor Nature Park (24 Dec 2021)

 It is Christmas Eve and I am on leave, so I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park for a morning macro photography session. The weather has been wet for the past few days and I am not hopeful that I will find many beetles.

Because of the wet weather, there were a number of interesting fungus mushrooms popping up in many places. Here's an interesting color fungus that I found on a fallen log.


Fungus Beetle (Episcapha quadrimacula) ~ 10 mm


Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus) ~ 10 mm


Weevil Beetle (Demimaea bakeri) ~ 3 mm


Leaf Beetle (Chabria angulicollis) ~ 4 mm


Leaf Beetle ~ 3 mm


Darkling Beetle ~ 2 mm


Darkling Beetle (Phymatosoma rufonotatum) ~ 10 mm


The number of beetles encountered was expectably low due to the high foot traffic and also the wet weather for the past few days. I am not too happy with this trip as my camera once again work up on me, thus explained the less than sharp photographs from this trip. Nevertheless, it was still a good break for the holiday seasons.


Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Morning Walk At Windsor Nature Park (05 Nov 2021)

 I have been lazy and didn't keep up with my macro photography sessions. As I was on leave and the weather was fine and sunny, I decided to drop by Windsor Nature Park for a morning macro photography session.

When I reached the place, I was surprised that the place was crowded with joggers and hikers even though it is a weekday. It is not a good news as this means the lower chance of finding beetles due to the high foot traffic on the trails. 

It has been raining for the past few days and the place is wetter than usual. With the wet weather, many types of fungi or mushrooms sprang up throughout the trail. Here's an interesting shot of one of them.


Leaf Beetle (Graphops curtipennis) ~ 4 mm


Fungus Weevil ~ 10 mm


Beetle Larva ~ 8 mm


Darkling Beetle ~ 2 mm


Leaf Beetle (Chabria angulicollis) ~ 5 mm. 
[NB: Previously wrongly identified as Argopus brevis.]


Darkling Beetle (Phymatosoma rufonotatum) ~ 10 mm


Ladybird Beetle ~ 4 mm

The number of beetles encountered was considerably low, possibly due to the high foot traffic and also the wet weather for the past few days. Nevertheless, it is still a good trip especially after such a long break since my last macro photography session.😀

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Mystery Solved! (11 Jun 2021)

 This is the follow-up of my previous blog post - Surprised Find From Changi Beach (17 Feb 2021) where I found two "unknown" larvae from the Changi Beach.



Of the two larvae found, only one managed to survive the trip from the beach. The larva that survived was later put into a large plastic container filled with organic compost and shredded dried leaves. 


In May, about 3 months after the larva was brought back and having not seen any movements in the soil, I decided to check on the container. To my pleasant surprise, the larva had made a pupa chamber. Not sure when the pupa chamber was made, I decided not to disturbed it further and put it back into the container. In my opinion, the best husbandry for growing out beetle larvae is to minimize any disturbances to the larvae besides cleaning out the larvae poop.  




On 11 June, I heard some scratching sounds in the container in the night and decided to open up the container  in the next day morning. Not knowing what to expect, I gently dig through the top part of the container and found bits and pieces of the pupa chamber. This confirmed that the beetle pupa has eclosed and has emerged from its dormant state. 

Excited, I gently pour out all the soil and "dig" around using my hands. Finally, the answer to my speculation of what type of beetle the larvae belongs to, will be answered in a short moment.

My initial gut feel that the larvae could be that of the Orcytes rhinoceros beetle was correct. A beautiful adult female O. rhinoceros was found.









Although the anticipation of whether the larva would survive and emerge as an adult was pretty unbearable, it has been an interesting journey of rescuing two unknown beetle larvae, growing out of the larva, pupation and emerging as adult beetle.  If there are other opportunities to rescue more beetle larvae in the future, I will gladly go through the journey again. 😀