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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Night Walk At Pasir Ris Park (31 Oct 20140

It rained heavily about an hour or so before my friend and I set off for a night shoot at the Pasir Ris Park. With the wet weather, the chances of finding beetles would significantly be lower but we continued as planned.

My friend was hoping to get some photographs of snakes at the place and he had his wish came true with the encounter with two Painted Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis pictus) and an Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina). It was really fortunate as the chances of finding snakes immediately after a heavy rain is as high as finding beetles after the rain.

The first few beetles that greeted us were the commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus). These few beetles were drenched by the heavy rain.

On a patch of  Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum) was a group of this Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

High up a tree trunk near by was a lone 5 mm Darkling Beetle. In good situation I would move on and not photograph it, but given the heavy rain I decided to photograph whatever beetles that I can find. Even mean stretching a little further to get the shot.

Moving to a large tree with many low hanging branches, we found a host of different types of Chafer Beetles among its leaves. Apart from the Adoretus compressus and Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle, one of them was this Aprosterna pallide Chafer Beetle.

Another one was this Maladera castanea Chafer Beetle.

The last type of Chafer Beetle found on the tree was this Apogonia aequabilis Chafer Beetle.

Moving closer to the Pasir Ris Park's mangrove board walk, more of this 3 mm Darkling Beetles were found.

Under a leaf was this bright yellow beetle larvae.

The surprise for the night was when we encountered a colony of Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta).

Here is a shot of a portion of the colony.

Walking on the mangrove boardwalk, a small 5 mm bronze colored Ground Beetle was found resting on a sawed tree trunk.

On a Sea Hibiscus (Talipariti tiliaceum) along the boardwalk were several of this Leaf Beetle. This type of Leaf Beetle are usually found on the Sea Hibiscus plant.

The highlight of the trip was this first-time-encountered Weevil Beetle, found in a grass patch.

In the same grass patch were several of this bronze color Leaf Beetle.

Near to the Leaf Beetle was this first-time-encountered Tortoise Beetle (Aspidomorpha furcata).

The last beetle of the trip was this a tiny 3 mm Ground Beetle (Pentagonica marshalli).

The number of beetles encountered was exceptionally good given the wet weather, and finding two first-time-encountered beetles was a bonus for the trip. This may be a good place for night shoot if the weather is better.