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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Night Walk At Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (19 Dec 2014)

I was around the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve area and decided to take a walk around the parameter of the place since it no longer open for visit by the public. The place was drenching wet with occasional "showers" coming down from above when the wind blew past. An interesting encounter at the place was this large 10 cm flat worm.


The first beetle that I found was a Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta). This came only after a while of walking, possibly due to the wet weather.


I came to a patch of low plants and found a number of this Leaf Beetle.


Coming to a fallen tree, I found this 5 mm roundish beetle moving quickly on the trunk, trying to hide from my flash light. Not sure if this is a Darkling Beetle or a Fungus Beetle.


There is a patch of ginger plant along the road side and on the ginger plants were several of this Leaf Beetle (Lema quadripunctata).


Only after walking for a long while that I found a fallen tree with several of this small 4 mm Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma).


On the same tree trunk was this tiny 1 mm beetle. Not sure what type of beetle it is but it looked like a Fungus Beetle though.


A surprise find was this tiny 2 mm first-time-encountered Rove Beetle that was moving near to the above beetle.


On a tree further down was a pair of mating beetles. Not sure if it is Fungus Beetle or Darkling Beetle.



On the same tree was a 5 mm first-time-encountered Weevil Beetle.


A few trees away was this tiny 2 mm beetle,. It looked similar to the earlier beetle but differs in the pattern at the rear of its elytra.


It was almost at the end of my walk when I came across a fallen log with many white fungus growing on it. On the white fungus were several of this Pleasing Fungus Beetle.


After encountering with the Pleasing Fungus Beetle, it was another 10 minutes of walking without seeing another beetle. I was glad to be able to find this Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) on the tip of a grass.


The last beetle was a Long Horned Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) and it was a surprise find as it was found on a half eaten plant among a patch of tall grass.


The trip can be considered to be fruitful as the result could be worse given that it was immediately after a heavy rain.