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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Night Walk At Venus Drive (15 Nov 2013)

It rained almost the whole day but fortunately the sky cleared up in the evening, so I met up with my friend at Venus Drive for a night walk. The place was wet as expected and my expectation of finding beetles was not overly high. Nevertheless I am still hopeful to find some interesting beetles this trip. Besides this is the first time that my friend is doing a night macro shoot, I am also testing out my latest DIY flash diffuser.

The first beetle that greeted us was this lovely Click Beetle (Pectocera babai). This was the second time I encounter this beetle.

Moving along, several of this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) were found munching on some tree leaves.

My friend spotted this hyperactive brownish Leaf Beetle. It took a while to take a good shot of this beetle due to its constant movement.

On a leaf near a tree trunk was this shining black Fungus Beetle.

On a lichen laden tree were several of this beetle larvae.

Moving to some low bushes, a lone Fungus Beetle was seen on a wet leaf.

And on the stem of the same leaf was another Fungus Beetle.

On a dead ginger leaf next to the Fungus Beetle was this 2mm round Fungus Beetle. This was a hyperactive beetle that didn't stop for a moment. Fortunately I was able to get some nice close up of this tiny beetle.

Moving to a dead log, several of this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis) were found foraging on it. Notice how wet the log was.

On a large bracket fungus on the same tree log was a few of this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus tetraspilotus).

On the base of the large bracket fungus was this 3mm shining brown beetle.

Running all over the large bracket fungus were tens of this small 3mm Rove Beetles. This is one of the hardest beetle to photograph as they move extremely fast and stayed away from the light.

Moving to a fallen tree overgrown with creepers, a Fungus Beetle was seen wondering on the dried up vine.

Moving to a clearing where there were a number of fallen tree, a large number of this Darkling Beetle were found moving on one of them.

On the same log were a number of this type of beetle larvae. I wonder if these are the larvae of the Darkling Beetle.

On another fallen tree was this black beetle larvae.

A Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus) was nearby to the beetle larvae.

Moving to another fallen log, I thought I found a Eumorphus assamensis Fungus Beetle but upon closer examination, it turned out to be a "special" beetle. This is the second time I encountered this type of beetle.

Near to the Fungus Beetle was a very well camouflaged beetle. Not sure what type of beetle is this.

On a tree were these small 2mm Fungus Beetles hiding a crevice.

On yet another fallen tree log was this Checkered Beetle that blended extremely well with its background. This is a first time encountered beetle.

A number of this Weevil Beetle were found motionless on another fallen tree.

On the other end of the fallen log was this 4mm roundish beetle.

Near to the roundish beetle was this 4mm shiny beetle.

Near by was this small 3mm first-time-encountered beetle. It looked like a Fungus Beetle.

Moving away from the clearing, a small 3mm Ground Beetle (Minuthodes multistosa) was found at the base of a tree.

On a nearby tree was another small 3mm Fungus Beetle.

Moving on, a metallic green Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi) was on the side of a tree. There were several of this type of beetle around the area.

On a tree trunk was this small 4mm first-time-encountered Fungus Weevil.

On the same tree was this strange looking beetle. The extrusions on its body gave it a perfect camouflage on the tree trunk.

Nearby to the strange looking beetle was this jet black Ground Beetle.

A surprise find was this Bess Beetle (Aceraius grandis), albeit a dead one.

On another tree were a few of this type of Ground Beetle, which looked very much like cockroach.

The highlight of the night was the encounter with this lovely colored 4mm Fungus Beetle. This is another first-time-encountered beetle.

On another tree was this 2mm Fungus Beetle.

Another surprise find - a live Bess Beetle (Aceraius grandis) munching on the fallen tree trunk.

Near to the Bess Beetle was this nicely patterned Fungus Weevil.

Just before we were about to turn back and make our way home, a surprise find of a first-time-encountered beetle. From its shape it looked like a Darkling Beetle.

Just when we were about to turn back, a brightly colored pair of small 2mm Fungus Beetles were found on  a tree trunk. The bright orange color these beetle can  be seen several metres away.

Sleeping on a leaf was a metallic blue colored Leaf Beetle. It remained relatively still until it had enough of my camera flash.

After we turned back, this lone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) on a low bush.

The final beetle that we encountered before we exit the place was this Darkling Beetle, clinging motionlessly to the tree trunk.

Despite the wet weather, the trip was an extremely fruitful trip as I managed to find 38 different beetles with several of them first-time-encountered. Wonderful!

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