For this week, my friend HW and I decided to start earlier and walk from MacRitchie Reservoir to Windsor Nature Park.
Here's a photograph of a Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) family encountered during this trip.
The first beetle for the trip was a Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp.).
The highlight of the trip came early, a 15 mm Chafer Beetle (Holotrichia geilenkenseri) under a palm leaf. I first encountered this beetle many years back and identified it as Holotrichia geilenkenseri, but looking back I am not sure if the identification is accurate. Nevertheless, I will continue to use this name until someone inform me otherwise.
There were not many critters encountered let alone beetles, possibly due to the hot and dry weather. It was only after a while of walking before I found this lone 5 mm Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis) on a small leaf.
More walking without finding anything until this 5 mm Leaf Beetle turned up on a small twig.
After a while of walking, we finally reached the Windsor Nature Park. The place was very much the same as the trail leading from MacRitchie Reservoir - bone dry. Surprisingly, we still managed to find a number of beetles. Here's a photograph of a lovely Leaf Beetle with a bluish tinge.
On a tree nearby was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle.
Near to the Darkling Beetle was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).
There were a number of fallen trees along the side of the trail and on them were several of this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).
A short distance away, at the base of a small tree was this 4 mm Fungus Weevil.
Interestingly there were several of this Ground Beetle along the trail.
More walking without finding any beetles until we detoured into a spot where there were several fallen trees. This Fungus Beetle (Amblyopus vittatus) was found on a palm leaf.
At the base of a small tree at the spot was this matte black 5 mm Darkling Beetle.
On one of the fallen trees were several of this 10 mm Darkling Beetle. This type of Darkling Beetle are commonly found on fallen tree in the night.
On the same log was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis).
Near to the Eumorphus assamensis Fungus Beetle was another 10 mm Fungus Beetle.
Next to one of the fallen tree was a small tree where several of this Ambrosia Beetle was found. It was quite a challenge to photograph them as they were actively moving around, attempting to avoid the focusing light of my camera.
Moving further down, a bronze colored Chafer Beetle was found on a small plant, but it "drop" promptly when we started to photograph it. Thankfully, it "dropped" onto a dry leave and we were able to photograph it.
Moving to another spot where there were several logs lining the trail, and on it was this lone Ground Beetle.
The surprise of the trip was the encountered of this pair of Long Horned Beetles (Epepeotes luscus). This photograph gives a good feel of the size difference between the male (left) and female.
The next beetle was fortunate that it didn't got crushed as it was on the ground just a meter from the Long Horned Beetle. This is a Darkling Beetle.
Moving on to an older fallen tree, I found this well-camouflaged Fungus Weevil under the tree.
Next to the fallen tree was a dead tree branch where this 25 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi) was found.
Moving on, we came to a relatively sandy spot and was surprised to find this lone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta).
Time passes by quickly and it was almost time to turn back. Just then this Chafer Beetle was found by HW.
On a fallen long were several of this first-time-encountered beetle larvae.
Still on the same log, we managed to find two of this interesting Martinezostes sp beetle.
The last beetle encountered on the same log was this 8 mm lovely Darkling Beetle.
The trip was not as fruitful as expected, it was still fruitful given the still dry weather.