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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (30 Jun 2017)

For this week's night macro session, HW and I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park and we were resolute to start from our usual turn around point and not be "distracted" along the way there.

There were several interesting critters encountered (apart from beetles) during the trip and the discovery of a Pseudoscorpion "tree" was one of interesting encounters for the night. The tree that we found has easily a dozen or more of this 3 mm Pseudoscorpions.

The first beetle for the trip was a surprise as a few tens of this 3 mm Sap Beetles were found swarming around a group of fungus mushrooms growing on the side of a dead tree.

On the same tree was this lovely Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).

Centimeters from the Ground Beetle was a commonly encountered Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassiornis).

Next to the Fungus Weevil was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

Near to the dead tree was a Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis) resting on a small tapioca plant.

On a tree nearby was a lovely 10 mm Darkling Beetle.

On another tree nearby was this small 3 mm Darkling Beetle resting on a patch of lichen on the tree.

Coming to another dead tree, a 8mm Darkling Beetle was found on it.

Next to the dead tree was a 10 mm Weevil Beetle resting on a low bush.

On a fallen log near to the Weevil Beetle was this small 4 mm beetle of the Ceratocanthinae family.

Coming to a large dead tree stump, I was pleasantly surprised to find this 5 mm long time didn't encountered Fungus Beetle (Stenotarsus pardalis).

On the dead tree stump were several large bracket mushroom where several of this 4 mm Rove Beetles were found roaming on them.

On another part of the tree stump was another pleasant surprise - another long time didn't encounter 5 mm Fungus Beetle (Stenotarsus nobilis nobilis).

While photographing the Fungus Beetle, HW call out to me that there is a beetle on his camera flash diffuser. The beetle turn out to be a 5 mm Fungus Weevil.

While looking out for other beetles, HW call out to me again that there is another beetle on his flash diffuser. The beetle turn out to be a Darkling Beetle (Phymatosum rufonotatum).

The highlight of the trip was to witness a wrestling match between a Flat Bark Beetle and Straight Snout Weevil on a large dead tree stump. The Flat Bark Beetle seemed to be on the winning end of the match.

Besides the special treat of the beetle wrestle mania, the 10 mm Straight Snout Weevil is also a first-time-encountered beetle.

On the same tree stump was this 8 mm Darkling Beetle.

Near to the Darkling Beetle was a 4 mm Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma).

At the base of the tree stump was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis).

On the higher part of the tree stump was this first-time-encountered Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp.)

Moving further down the trail, several of this 4 mm black Darkling Beetles were found on a tree by the side of the trail.

It was just about now that my camera started to display "camera error" and refused to allow me to take any more photographs. I tried many other camera settings but still get the "camera error" message. This was the last photograph that I was able to take for the trip. Pardon the bad photograph as the camera defaulted to F2.0 aperture and hence the shallow depth-of-field.

The trip ended on a sad note with my camera malfunctioning, nevertheless the trip was fruitful and yielded a number of beetles, especially the two first-time-encountered beetles. The problem with my camera is likely to do with the camera's shutter and I will have to send it in for repair. Hoped it will not take to long to repair and I can resume my macro photography session in the near future.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Afternoon Walk At Windsor Nature Park (24 Jun 2017)

I was unwell the night before and was not able to make it for my weekly night macro session. After a good night rest, I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park for an afternoon walk. For this trip, I decided to reverse my usual route and start from the end of my usual route.

Here's a photograph of a cicada's molt (exuviae) found on the side of a tree.

The first beetle for the trip was a 2 mm Spiny Leaf Beetle (Hispa atra) found on a blade of grass.

Near to the Spiny Leaf Beetle was a 2 mm Ladybird Beetle on a leaf of a tall bush.

Coming to a dead tree stump, I was glad to be able to find several of this Fungus Beetle.

Further down the trail was this beetle larvae, presumably dead as it was covered by a layer of mold.

As I walked down the trail, I was pleasantly surprised to find this Hispine Beetle on a Air Potato leaf. Notice the fresh telltale bite marks on the leaf.

Further down on a fern was a 10 mm beetle. After checking through my records, I think I could have wrongly identified this beetle to be a Net-winged Beetle (Calopteron rubricolle). According to the internet, this is a Lucidina species (possibly Lucidina clavareaui or Lucidina malaccana).

On a small tree along the trail was this 2 mm Darkling Beetle.

Just centimeters away was another 2 mm Darkling Beetle.

Coming to a patch of low ferns, a lone Pintail Beetle (Glipa malaccana) was found resting on a leaf.

Near to the Pintail Beetle was a small 2 mm Leaf Beetle on a rubber tree leaf.

The highlight of the trip was this long time didn't encounter Leaf Beetle (Galerosastra sumatrana).

At a cursory glance, I thought that this beetle was the same earlier Lucidina beetle. Upon closer examination, I was glad to discover that it is a Soldier Beetle (Crudosilis ruficollis).

Near by was a 2 mm Ambrosia Beetle on the edge of a leaf.

Walking further down the trail, I was surprised to find this 5 mm Darkling Beetle at the base of a tree. This type of beetle usually come out at night and hence I am surprised to find it in broad daylight.

Coming to a patch of Clidemia hirta plant, a 5 mm Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis) was found hiding under a leaf.

Near to the patch of Clidemia hirta plant was a wood pile and on it were several Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi).

Near to the Fungus Beetle was a 3 mm Fungus Weevil, perfectly blended into its background.

On the same log was another bigger 10 mm Fungus Weevil.

Running all over the wood pile was this small 4 mm Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma).

I was almost at the end of the trail when I encountered this all time favorite 3 mm Weevil Beetle (Demimaea bakeri).

The last beetle for the trip was this 5 mm Leaf Beetle (Graphops curtipennis) found right at the entrance of the trail.

The trip was surprisingly fruitful with the encountering of a number of beetles, even though it was a hot afternoon. Windsor Nature Park (aka Venus Drive) never fail to deliver.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Morning Walk At Lower Peirce Reservoir Park (10 Jun 2017)

I happened to be around the Lower Peirce Reservoir area in the morning and so I decided to go there for some macro photography actions. My young friend Reynard also happened to be free and so he decided to join me there.

It has been a while I last went to Lower Peirce Reservoir Park in the morning and given the not so ideal weather recently, I was not too hopeful that we will find anything interesting. At an area where there are a number of low trees, I was surprised to find more than 10 of this commonly called Daddy Long Leg Spider (Harvestmen, Order Opiliones)

The first beetle for the trip was a small 2 mm Ladybird Beetle (Cryptogonus orbiculus) hiding under a leaf.

Reynard flipped over a small log and this Darkling Beetle (Eucyrtus anthracinus) was under it.

A short walk from the Darkling Beetle was the highlight of the trip, a long time didn't encounter Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus marginatus).

Nearby was a small 5 mm Fungus Beetle.

Hiding within a large white fungus mushroom was a small 3 mm Fungus Beetle (Triplax rufipes).

Coming to a patch of Clidemia hirta plant, Reynard spotted this small 5 mm Leaf Beetle (Hoplosaenidea singaporensis). I always like photographing this beetle because of its lovely metallic blue coloration..

On a small tree was this bronze color Leaf Beetle (Colasposoma auripenne).

We walked into an area with small trees and on one of the trees was this 5 mm Net-winged Beetle (Taphes brevicollis).

Interestingly on another tree nearby was another Net-winged Beetle.

The last beetle for the trip was a treat - a rarely encountered Fungus Beetle (Spathomeles rizali). This beetle looked like it was on steroid with its bulging spots.

Although the number of beetles encountered during this trip was considerably small, I am happy that we are able to find several not so commonly encountered beetles.