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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Night Walk At MacRitchie Nature Trail (13 Sep 2013)

Its been a while that I visited the MacRitchie Nature Trail so I decided to check the place out for this trip. The place was in complete darkness when I reached the place. Here's a photograph of the sign the entrance to the nature trail.

The first beetle that greeted me was this 4 mm Darkling Beetle on a tree trunk.

On a nearby plant was this Chafer Beetle. I am not able to identify this commonly identified Chafer Beetle but I am suspecting that it could be the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle as it is often found near or together with the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle. Could it be a sexual dimorphism of the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle?

On a fallen log further down the trail was this Fungus Beetle. This type of Fungus Beetle are commonly found in our nature reserves.

Hiding beneath a dead leave on the same fallen log was this beetle larvae.

On another fallen tree log was this pair of Darkling Beetle.

Moving deeper into the trail, a Long Horned Beetle showed up. It was not apparent why the beetle is this color until it landed on a dead palm leave - see how the color of the beetle matched the color of the dead leaf.

Moving further I found this strange looking critter on a tree trunk. It looked like a beetle pupa. I wondered how the adult would look like.

On another tree was this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis). It remained pretty still while I was photographing it.

Just a few centimeters from the Fungus Weevil was another smaller (~3 mm) Fungus Beetle.

On the same tree trunk was this small (~2 mm) Darkling Beetle.

On a large fallen log was this 5 mm strange looking beetle. Noticed that the abdomen is shorter than the head and thorax.

On a nearby tree was this tiny (~2 mm) Fungus Beetle.

On a low bush was this lone Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

Farther down the trail was this pinkish colored Fungus Weevil.

Next to the Fungus Weevil was this 1 mm black beetle.

On a dead log was this fast moving Checkered Beetle.

Hiding under a palm leaf was a first time encountered Weevil Beetle (~3 mm).

On a tree trunk was a beetle larvae. It looked like the next stage of the commonly seen beetle larvae.

On another dead log was this commonly seen Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis).

On another rotting tree log was this ~10 mm Handsome Fungus Beetle.

On a small plant was this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

Near to the Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle was this brownish Leaf Beetle.

It was almost at the end of the trip that this black Fungus Beetle.

Just before exiting the trail, I found this first time encountered Leaf Beetle.

Next to the Leaf Beetle was another first time encountered Leaf Beetle.

This trip was very fruitful as there were a total of three first time encountered beetles. Wonderful trip indeed.