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Friday, 11 October 2019

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (12 Oct 2019)

It rained a fair bit this week, so HW and I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park for our night macro photography session. Unlike previous trips, the target for this trip was not beetles but luminous mushrooms. Owing to the ideal weather condition, we were very confident that we will find the luminous mushrooms that we were looking for.

When we reached the secret location where we previously found several luminous mushroom, we were thrilled to find many clusters of luminous mushroom. At Windsor Nature Park, we came across two types of luminous mushrooms- one type the luminance is on the top of the mushroom cap, and the other type the luminance is mainly from the underside of the mushroom cap. The former tends to have brighter luminance compared to the latter. For this trip, we only found the latter type of the luminous mushroom.

This is how the luminous mushroom looks like under normal lighting.



This was a test shot of the luminous mushroom where I set the focus, aperture, shutter speed and ISO value to best capture the luminance of the mushrooms.


I was not prepared to photograph the luminous mushroom as I brought the wrong tripod with me. Nevertheless, I still managed to take some reasonably alright photographs of the luminous mushrooms..








Enough of mushroom and back to beetles. The first beetle for the trip was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle on a small tree at the car park area.


On another tree at the car park area was this 2 mm Darkling Beetle. Interestingly, this was the only specimen that I came across on this trip.


On another tree was this 5 mm Darkling Beetle.


Just meters from the entrance into our usual trail was a large gathering of this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus).


Among the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetles were several of this different patterning Chafer Beetle. I suspect that this may be how the female beetle looks like.


Lining the reforestation area were several large logs where this lone Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) was found.


On another fallen log was this lovely 10 mm Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).


Further down the trail was this 10 mm Ground Beete.


 This Fungus Beetle was found hanging around the luminous mushrooms mentioned at the beginning of this blog.


On a log that lined the path was this 10mm commonly encountered Darkling Beetle.


HW and I spent most of the time photographing the luminous mushroom and it was soon time for us  to go off. Just when we were about to leave the place, HW spotted this 5 mm purplish gray Darkling Beetle on a small tree.


Despite the relatively short time spent looking for beetles, the number of beetles encountered was still good. Windsor Nature Park is indeed in the top spot for finding beetles.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (27 Sep 2019)

Singapore has been enveloped by haze for the past few weeks and this had disrupted my regular night macro photography sessions. Fortunately, it started to rain regularly this week, so HW and I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park for this week's macro photography session.

During the trip, I came across this 20 mm large Tree Hopper found on a small tree.


The first beetle for the trip was a Long Horned Beetle (Coptops annulipes) found on a fallen log that lined the reforestation area at the entrance to the trail.


A stone's throw from the Long Horned Beetle was a 4 mm Leaf Beetle (Hemipyxis semiviridis).


On a fallen tree near by was a colony of commonly encountered Darkling Beetles.


On a small tree next to the fallen log was a pair of 2 mm Darkling Beetles.


At the base of the small tree was a beetle larva.


While walking down the trail, a Chafer Beetle flew by and landed on my jeans.


Walking further down the trail, I came across a small fallen log with several of this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).


Not too far from the Fungus Weevil was a colony of this 8 mm Darkling Beetles (Ceropria induta).


On the same log was this lovely 3 mm Darkling Beetle.


The number of fallen logs at Windsor Nature Park seemed to have increased a fair bit, hopefully not because of diseases. On one of the fallen logs was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle.


On the same log was one of my favourite Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).


At the base of a nearby tree was this 3 mm Fungus Weevil.


On the same tree was this 2 mm unknown beetle.


Near to the unknown beetle was a 1 mm Darkling Beetle.


On another tree nearby was this 5 mm greyish color Darkling Beetle.


At the base of another tree was this 3 mm Ground Beetle (Minuthodes multisetosa) actively running around.


On a tree stump next to the trail was this 15 mm Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi).


On the tree stump were also several of this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).


On a branch of a tall bush was this lone 5 mm Darkling Beetle.


Another Darkling Beetle found on a fallen log.


On the same log was this 3 mm Fungus Beetle.


The last beetle for the trip was a 3 mm Ground Beetle found at the base of a medium size tree.


The trip was unexpectedly fruitful as I was not expecting to find many beetles due to the rain and haze. Nevertheless Windsor Nature Park once again proved to be the best location to find beetles regardless of the weather. 

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (06 Sep 2019)

The weather in Singapore has been hot and dry for the past few weeks, as such I have not gone for any night macro photography session as the chances of finding beetles in such dry weather will be very slim. Thankfully it rained several times this week, so HW and I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park for a try.

The place was dry as expected but it was not bone dry, probably due to the rain earlier in the week. The good news was that vegetations were not withered as expected and they looked green and alive. The surprise find for the trip was the encounter of a large patch of luminous mushroom, which we didn't expect to find during this period of hot and dry weather.


The first beetle encountered was a Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) found on a log that lined the area under reforestation.


On another fallen log near by was a pair of commonly encountered Darkling Beetles. Notice how dry was the log that the beetles were on.


Next to the Darkling Beetles was a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) resting on a leaf.


On a small tree nearby was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle. It is quite common to find similar looking Darkling Beetles, only differing in size which can range from 1 mm to 10 mm.


Walking further down the trail, a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) was found resting on some leaves.


On a small tree nearby was this 2 mm orange color Fungus Beetle.


There was quite a number of fallen log and many of them were dry without any fungus growth. On one of the logs was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).


On the same log was a 5 mm black color Ground Beetle that blend perfectly into the black background.


Still on the same log was a small 4 mm Darkling Beetle.


On another fallen log was this 10 mm Fungus Beetle.


Going further down the trail, there were several sawed logs that lined the path. On one of the logs were several of this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).


On another log that lined the path was this Ground Beetle (Catascupos dalbertisi).


Near the underside of the same log was a 5 mm beetle (Martinezostes sp.)


Moving further, there was a 10 mm Ground Beetle. Although the beetle looked like the Ground Beetles that I usually encountered at this place, it is half the size of the similar looking Ground Beetle. Not sure if this is a different type of Ground Beetle or it is because of sexual dimorphism.


Near to the fallen log was this lovely Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus) resting on a leaf.


A stone's throw away was this 20 mm Ground Beetle resting on a fern leaf. This is the normal size Ground Beetle that I mentioned earlier on.


Moving on, a bronze colored Chafer Beetle.


The highlight of the trip was the encounter of this diurnal Leaf Beetle (Hoplosaenidea singaporensis). It has been a while I last encountered this beetle. I especially like the metallic blue coloration of the beetle.


On a leaf nearby was this 20 mm Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis).


High up on a tree next to the path was this 5 mm roundish Darkling Beetle.


Time passed by quickly and it was time for us to end the trip. Near to the exit was a patch of West Indian Holly (Leea guineensis) where different Chafer Beetles were found.




The trip was surprisingly fruitful given the hot and dry weather we are experiencing in Singapore. Windsor Nature Park was indeed a right choice of visit for this trip.