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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Night Walk At Venus Drive (19 Apr 2013)

 The weather was perfect for a walk, and it was a decision between Venus Drive Trail or the Old Upper Thomson Road (which I have not tried before). In order not to risk finding nothing on a new trail, I decided to stick to the tried and tested Venus Drive Trail.

 The first beetle that greeted me was this relatively big (5mm) Darkling Beetle.



Near to the black Darkling Beetle was another Darkling Beetle of about the same size.



While examining a rather dry tree log, I was pleasantly surprised to find this Darkling Beetle (Cryphaeus gazelle) hiding in a crevice. This is a female specimen as the male has interesting horns on the top of its thorax.



Moving along some tall grass, I had a surprise find - a Leaf Beetle. This beetle is diurnal and this is the first time I come across in the night. Guessed that it is sleeping so I able to get some nice close-up shots.



Not far from the Leaf Beetle was a fallen tree where there were a dozen or more of this (12mm) Fungus Beetle.



Nearby was another different Fungus Beetle.



On the same log was the first Fungus Weevil for the night.



Further down on a rotten tree stump was this Rove Beetle. This is a difficult beetle to photograph due to its hyperactivity.



Next was a commonly encountered Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis subguttatus) on a leaf.



Near to the Fungus Beetle was this Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis). Although commonly seen in parks and gardens, I rarely come across them at Venus Drive Trail.



The highlight for the trip came early with the appearance of this small (3mm) beetle on a tree trunk. It was rather shy and refuse to move while I was photographing it.



A small (3mm) Fungus Beetle appeared while I was photographing the above beetle.



On a nearby log was this completely black Ground Beetle (Platynus assimilis).



A tiny (2mm) beetle with a subtle shiny green and red coloration.



Hanging on a tree trunk was this large (10mm) long legs Darkling Beetle.



Further into the trail, there was a tree log full of fungus on it and I found the male specimen of the Darkling Beetle (Cryphaeus gazelle). Notice the horns on the thorax of the beetle.



Weaving between the fungus on the tree log was this interesting looking beetle.



On the same log was this small (3mm) beetle which it was perfectly camouflaged until it decided to move.



Hanging onto a thin branch was this lovely Fungus Beetle. I simply love the contrasting colours of this beetle.



Surprisingly on the same log, there were a few of this Fungus Beetle. It was only recently that I come across this beetle. A lovely looking beetle.



Directly below the above mentioned Fungus Beetle was a colourful Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma).



On another rotting tree trunk were several of this beetle larvae.



Moving on, I came across a tiny beetle (<2 mm). Interesting colouration.



Another highlight for the night, a Fungus Weevil. This is the first time that I come across this beetle. Lovely patterns on the beetle.



Another Fungus Beetle that I have not come across previously.



Another Fungus Weevil.



Near to the Fungus Weevil was this pair tiny (1mm) of love birds.



Another Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus).



Yet another lovely Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus diliatatus turritus).



Nearing the end of the trail was this Fungus Beetle, busily munching away fungus.



Near the place where I usually exit, a few Rove Beetle (3mm) were "dancing" around. This beetle is similar to the earlier mentioned Rove Beetle, except for the two faint white bands on it.


This was indeed an interesting trip where more photographs of beetles were added to my collection.