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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Night Walk At Ang Mo Kio Garden West (14 Jun 2019)

It's been a while that we last visited the Ang Mo Kio Garden West, so HW and I decided to go there for our night macro photography session.

Here's a photograph of an interesting caterpillar. This was the first time we came across this caterpillar and  if you know what butterfly this caterpillar belongs to, do appreciate that you can drop me a note.


The first beetle for the trip was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) munching on a Hairy Clidemia (Clidemia hirta) plant leaf.


A short walk from the Chafer Beetle was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle on the side of a small tree.


After a short walk, this brown color Chafer Beetle was found resting under a leaf.


After walking for a while, another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) was feasting on a leaf.


On a small tree near to the Chafer Beetle was a 1 mm Fungus Beetle.


The highlight for the trip was this 3 mm first-time-encountered Pintail Beetle resting on a small leaf.


Along the path there were several of this 5 mm Darkling Beetles.


Coming to a sandy patch in the garden, several of this commonly encountered Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) were found resting on some low bushes.


On a nearby medium size tree was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus).


About 40 cm from the Fungus Beetle was a 10 mm jet black Darkling Beetle.


Near to the Darkling Beetle was a brown hairy Chafer Beetle.


The surprise find for the trip was this 15 mm Long Horned Beetle (Pterolophia subtincta) on a Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) leaf.


Time passed by quickly and it was about time to call it a day. Just then, this 10 mm Fungus Beetle crossed our path.


Although the number of beetles found on this trip was not as many compared to other trips, it was a fruitful one with a first-time-encountered beetle found. We will definitely come back here in the future.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Flew In Visitors (19 May 2019)

I was busy during this period of time and hence was not able to go for my weekly macro photography sessions. Notwithstanding, I decided to do another "Fly-in" post for this year.

 The first beetle for this post flew into my living room one night, probably attracted by the florescent lights. It was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Anomala variegata).




The next flew-in  beetle was a surprise find as I found it crawling on the floor one night, thinking that it was a Darkling Beetle. Upon closer look, I am pleasantly surprised to find that it is a first-time-encountered beetle, probably a Ground Beetle.




As in previous "fly-in" posts, there will be more of such in time to come.

Friday, 3 May 2019

A Walk At Pasir Ris Park (26 Apr 2019)

The weather was exceptionally wet today but HW and I decided to proceed to Pasir Ris Park as planned. For this trip, we decided to go to a part of Pasir Ris Park that we have not been before.

Here's a photograph of an interesting looking spider found during the trip. I particularly like the jelly-like thorax of the spider.


The first beetle for the trip was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle on a small tree.


Coming to a patch of Beach Morning Glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae), a number of this 5 mm Leaf Beetles were found resting on it.


Near to the Leaf Beetle was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).


A stone's throw away was this 10 mm Chafer Beetle hiding in a low bush.


After some walking without finding any beetles, we decided to go back to a familiar part of the park where a colony of this commonly encountered Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) can be found.


Hiding under a leaf was a 3 mm first-time-encounter Flea Beetle.


The last beetle for the trip was also the highlight of the trip - a first-time-encountered female Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes gideon). This type of beetle used to be pretty common years ago but sadly it has become rather rare nowadays.


Although the number of beetles encountered on this trip was miserably low due to the wet weather, the trip was considered fruitful given the encounter with two first-time-encountered beetles.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (12 Apr 2019)

The weather in Singapore seemed to be back to normal with regular rain and sunshine through the week. Taking advantage of the nice weather, HW and I decided to go to our favorite beetle "hunting" ground ~ Windsor Nature Park.

Here's a photograph of a Lichen Moth pupa on a small tree.


The first beetle for the trip was a Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis).


The trip start off slow until HW found one of my favorite beetles ~ Leaf Beetle (Hemipyxis semivieridis).


Near to the Leaf Beetle was a small tree with several of this 1 mm Darkling Beetles on it.


Further down the trail was this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).


Next to the Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle was another Chafer Beetle.


On a small tree nearby was this 1 mm Fungus Beetle.


Coming to a sandy spot along the trail, several of this commonly encountered Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) were found on a small plant.


Along the trail were several fallen logs and I am glad to find a large number of this beetle larvae.


On the same log was this lone Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).


On the end of the fallen log was this 4 mm Ground Beetle.


A stone's throw away was a huge fallen log where many orange color fungus mushrooms were growing on it. Hiding among the fungus mushrooms were several of this 5 mm Rove Beetle.


Along the huge fallen tree were a number of bracket fungus mushrooms, and under one of them was this Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Micrencaustes lunulata).


On the same log was this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).


Under the same log was this pregnant looking Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).


Still on the same log was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus politus).


Moving on to another fallen log, a commonly encountered 10 mm Darkling Beetle.


Next to the fallen log on the ground litters was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle. You can usually find this type of beetle on the ground litters.


On a small fallen log that lined the trail was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus)


The highlight of the trip was the encounter of this 3 mm Sap Beetle on a small fallen tree.


On the same log was this 3 mm Click Beetle hiding in a small crevice in the tree bark.


HW's keen eye has once again found a lovely Ladybird Beetle (Illeis koebelei) under a leaf.


On a small bush along the trail was this 8 mm Click Beetle.


Coming to another fallen log and near the underside of the log was this female Fungus Weevil (Anthribus wallacei). It is easy to differentiate the female from the male for this species as the female beetle has much shorter antennae as compared to the male.


On the same log was a long-time-no-see 5 mm Checkered Beetle.


On another fallen log nearby was this 4 mm "ball" ~ Martinezostes sp. This is a rare shot as most of the time I only get to photograph it from the top and not on the side.


Near to the turn back point, I was thrilled to find a fallen log crawling with many of this lovely looking beetle larvae.


Another type of beetle larvae on the same log.


On the same log with the beetle larvae was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).


Near to the fallen log was another huge fallen tree where several of this interesting looking beetle (Hyberis araneiformis) were found. Its camouflage is so good that you would not be able to spot it unless it move.


Another Fungus Beetle (Epsicapha quadrimacula) found on the same log.


Running along the tree log was this 4 mm Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma). This looks like the earlier Ground Beetle encountered, except for the subtle difference in the shape of the dots.


Hiding on the underside of the log was a 3 mm Fungus Weevil.


Staying motionless on a dead leaf on top of the fallen log was this 5 mm Weevil Beetle that blended perfectly to its background.


The last beetle for the trip was a Darkling Beetle (Strongylium erythrocephalum) on a fallen log nearby.


This trip was very fruitful even though the place was much drier than expected, with about 30+ different beetles encountered. Windsor Nature Park is still my favorite place for beetle "hunting".