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Friday, 27 March 2015

Night Walk At Lower Peirce Reservoir Park (27 Mar 2015)

A teenage boy named Reynard asked me if he could join me on this trip and so I decided to meet him at Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. The reason for choosing the place was mainly because it was his first night trip and more importantly, the place is not as rugged as compared to the rest of the places that I usually go.

Here's an interesting looking katydid with yellow legs found on a Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) plant.


The first beetle of the trip was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) found on a badly eaten plant.


On a tree nearby was another small commonly encountered 3 mm Darkling Beetle.


While photographing the Darkling Beetle, Reynard noticed something moving and it turned out to be a first-time encountered beetle larvae. Notice the interesting shape of its antennae.


The place was very dry and we didn't see many insects around and so when we came across this small Darkling Beetle high up on a tree, I decided to do some stretching exercise and snapped a few photographs of it. This poor beetle was missing one leg.


On a tree nearby was this lovely colored tiny 2 mm Darkling Beetle.


As we searched through the vegetation for beetles, I was glad to find this Fungus Weevil on the underside of a large rubber tree leaf. Fortunately, I was able to get some nice photographs of it even though the angle was a little bit odd.


A short walk from the Fungus Weevil was a lone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) on a blade of grass.


Not too far from the Tiger Beetle was a patch of Hairy Clidema (Clidemia hirta) and on one of the leaves was this Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus). Incidentally, there were many of this type of Chafer Beetle throughout the place.


Coming to a fallen log that lined the edge of a forested area, several Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) were found on the log.


Near to the Fungus Weevil was a 15 mm Click Beetle resting on a partially eaten leaf.


On the side of a fallen log was a pair of Fungus Beetle (Episcapha quadrimacula) among some dried up fungus mushrooms.


As we were approaching a patch of low grass, I was hopeful to find some Leaf Beetles. After looking carefully among the low grass, I managed to find two of this Leaf Beetle (Lema rufotestacea).


A few meters from the Lema rufotestacea Leaf Beetle was a lone Lema diversa Leaf Beetle.


On a fallen log further down were two Darkling Beetles feasting on some brown color fungus mushrooms.


On a tree nearby was a 5 mm bronze color Darkling Beetle.


Moving into a forested area, a Checker Beetle was found on a side of a small tree.


While I was photographing the Checkered Beetle, Reynard spotted this Fungus Beetle just centimeters below the Checker Beetle.


Moving deeper into the forested area, a Darkling Beetle was seen up a tree trunk.


Near to the Darkling Beetle was a rotting creeping vine and on it was this lovely Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi). This particular specimen was so alert that it promptly disappear after one photograph.


The last beetle for the trip was another Darkling Beetle on the same creeping vine.


The trip was considered fruitful given the number of beetles encountered even though it was a short 2 hours trip. Through the trip, Reynard and myself had a good time talking about beetles.