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Friday, 24 April 2015

Short Night Walk At Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West (24 Apr 2015)

The plan for this week was to meet up with Reynard, a teenager whom I met online, and to go to Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West. It rained heavily in the late afternoon, thus the chances of finding beetle at the place would be even lower but nevertheless, we decided to keep to the plan. When we reached the place, the vegetation were drenched to the bone.

Here's a lovely looking mantis found at the place. I particularly like the color of its eyes. The wings on the leaf were not the work of the mantis as they can be seen all over the place. It seemed that a large swarm of winged termites have visited the place not too long ago.

The first beetle that we encountered was a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta). This came as a surprise as the last time I came to this place, the large colony at the place crashed and I could hardly find any of them. I am glad to be able to find many of this type of Tiger Beetles during this trip.

Not surprisingly, it was only after some walking before we came across the next beetle, a Chafer Beetle (Phyllophaga marginalis).

After walking some distance before this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) was spotted at the tip of a leaf.

More walking and searching before finding this small 3 mm Fungus Beetle on a tree trunk. Notice how wet the tree bark was.

The highlight of the trip was to find this small 15 mm Long Horned Beetle (Pterolophia melanura) clinging to a thin dead vine.

Near to the Long Horned Beetle was a small 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

Coming to a patch of low creepers, I was happy to be able to find this first-time-encountered Ladybird Beetle. It looked like Henosepilachna implicata Ladybird Beetle but have much fewer spots on its elytra. It also looked very much like that of Epilachna admirabilis Ladybird Beetle but with added spots on its protonum. I am currently checking with a person who I know is familiar with Ladybirds in Singapore, and hopefully I can get the identity of this Ladybird beetle.

Just a short distance from the Ladybird was another Ladybird Beetle (Henosepilachna implicata) which has much more spots than the earlier Ladybird Beetle.

On a tree nearby, I was able to find this small 1 mm Fungus Beetle.

Moving further down the vegetation, another Ladybird Beetle (Epilachna admirabilis) was spotted under a leaf.

After some walking, we came to a rubber tree with a low branch and on it, I was surprised to find a small 5 mm Net-winged Beetle.

On the same rubber tree, I was also pleasantly surprised to find another Ladybird Beetle (Illeis koebelei) and it larvae. This is an interesting find as it seemed that they may be using the large rubber tree leaves as breeding site. This is also where I found the same type of Ladybird Beetle during the last trip at Venus Drive - Night Walk At Venus Drive (17 Apr 2015).

We came to a spot where there were many palm trees and at the base of one of the palm trees was this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).

On another palm tree were several of this 5 mm Darkling Beetles.

The last beetle for the trip was a Darkling Beetle (Strongylium erythrocephalun) found about 2 meters up a palm tree.

This was a short trip as we spent less than 2 hours at the place. Due to the earlier rain, the number of beetles encountered was limited but still reasonable for a man-made garden in the middle of a established housing estate.

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