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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Night Walk At Venus Drive (03 May 2013)

It rained in the early afternoon but it didn't wash away my enthusiasm in wanting to get some beetle photographs. To improve the success rate, I decided to go for the trail that has the best track record of spotting beetles in the night - Venus Drive.

The very first beetle that I came across is the commonly seen ~2 mm beetle.



On a different tree was this Fungus Beetle (Beccariola coccinella). This is the first time that I come across this beetle.



The next beetle was another Fungus Beetle (Platydema ribbei), having its dinner. It was pretty sensitive and it drop off the fungus that it was on after only 3 flashes.



Next was a Chafer Beetle which looked very much like the commonly seen Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) but differs by the dark brown body coloration.



The next stop was a tree that I usually would find Darkling Beetles. Indeed there were a few small Darkling Beetles.



On a tree nearby, I found this hyperactive ~3 mm Click Beetle (Xanthopenthes schawalleri). This is the first time I come across this beetle at Venus Drive.



A Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis) was found resting on a leaf. This is rather odd as the plant was no where near any rotting tree trunk.



A "new" Fungus Beetle was found munching on some fungus growing on a dead log. The identification of the Fungus Beetle is pretty challenging as some of them looked very similar to each other and only differ slightly in terms of pattern of the spots.



Another "new" Fungus Beetle added to my photograph collection.



A tiny (~2 mm) Fungus Beetle was having a good munch on some fungus.



Another "new" Fungus Beetle.



A familiar Fungus Weevil came out to join the rest of the Fungus Beetles.



On the same dead log was this large (~12 mm) Fungus Beetle, with a larvae below it.



A surprise find was this small (~3 mm) and cute Fungus Beetle. It is very shy and as soon as it detected that it was being photographed, it would hurriedly hide away in nearby crevices.



Yet another "new" Fungus Beetle.



Then came one of my favorite Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus politus).



Out from the blue came this Net-winged Beetle (Dictyoptera aurora). It was a surprise as this is a diurnal beetle.



Several of this small Fungus Beetle (Mycetina cyanipennis) was seen moving around a dead log.



On a dead leave on the dead log was a tiny (~2 mm) Fungus Beetle. It was a challenge to focus on such a tiny beetle.



There were a few tens of this small (~3 mm) Rove Beetle. I only managed to catch this one "sleeping" and hence a closeup shot was possible. This are super hyperactive and it is almost impossible to photograph them unless they remained still.


On a dead leave was this Fungus Beetle (Micrencaustes lunulata). This is also the first time I come across this beetle at Venus Drive.



Then came this Fungus Beetle on a leaf near a rotten tree trunk. Not sure if it is the Eumorphus politus Fungus Beetle as the elytra do not have the flat "skirting". It also looked like the Eumorphus assamensis Fungus Beetle but it is brown in color instead of black.



A few of this metallic maroon and green color beetles were found on a dead log.



One of the trick in finding Fungus Beetles in the night is to just remain still at a rotting tree trunk and you will start to see movements of beetle. Here was a round blackish Fungus Beetle.



On a nearby tree was this Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis), enjoying its dinner.



The last beetle for the night was a Fungus Beetle on dead log.


The night looked very much like a Fungus Beetle night with a number of "new" Fungus Beetles added to my photographs collection.