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Friday, 19 June 2015

Night Walk At Dairy Farm Nature Reserve (19 Jun 2015)

I found out a "new" route of going to Dairy Farm Nature Park using public bus and so decided to give it a try. It took about an hour of travelling before reaching the place. This is acceptable given the fact that I would only be able to go there unless I drive.

The trail at the Dairy Farm Nature Park is much shorter than before due to the closure of a large part of the trail for maintenance and repair works. An interesting encounter at the Dairy Farm Nature Park was this Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) resting next to the trail. This is one of the more commonly encountered poisonous snakes in Singapore. This particular snake looked pretty fat and healthy.

The first beetle that I encountered was a Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) on a dead tree branch.

The next beetle was a first-time-encountered beetle. Not too sure which family it belongs to but it looked very much like a Pleasing Fungus Beetle, without the usual colorful patterns.

One side of the main path leading to the Wallace Trail was barricaded for the maintenance of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. For those who are not aware, the Dairy Farm Nature Park is side by side with the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which was closed for maintenance. There were not many critters found and this small Darkling Beetle (Stronglium tenuipes) at the base of a small tree was a welcomed sight.

The first beetle that greeted me in the Wallace Trail was this Chafer Beetle. It looked like the commonly encountered Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle but its size seemed bigger. This beetle was rather sensitive and it flew off after only a few photographs.

Moving to a fallen log, a Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) was seen on some white fungus growing on the log.

Near to the Darkling Beetle was a Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus tetraspilotus) resting on a leaf.

After walking for about 10 minutes without finding any beetle, I am glad to find this small 3 mm beetle "swimming" in the fluid that was flowing out from the side of a palm tree. Not sure what beetle it is, but it looked like a Sap Beetle.

Moving down the nature trail, several of this beetle larvae was found on a small tree.

Near to the beetle larvae was a patch of low bushes and on them were several of this lovely Leaf Beetles.

By the side of the trail was a small tree with this 3mm Darkling Beetle on it.

Walking along, I was surprised to find this 10 mm Darkling Beetle on a small plant. It is interesting to find this on a small plant as this type of beetle were found on rotting wood.

A few centimeters from the Darkling  Beetle was a Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis).

Just a stone's throw away was this Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Micrencaustes lunulata). It's been a while I last encountered this beetle.

Next to the Pleasing Fungus Beetle was another 3 mm Darkling Beetle leaving a mushroom after having eaten a hole in the mushroom's cap.

On a tree further down the trail was a Darkling Beetle (Amarygmus splendidulus).

Near by on the leave litters on the ground was a Darkling Beetle.

Coming to a fallen tree branch, I was happy to find this 4 mm Ground Beetle (Dolichoctis stralata formosana).

Just when I was photographing the Ground Beetle, another beetle caught my eyes. It was a first-time-encountered Darkling Beetle. It was a challenge to get a good shot as it kept moving around without stopping.

Nearing the end of the Wallace Trail, I found this Ground Beetle (Minuthodes multisetosa) on it.

Before exiting from the trail, I managed to find this small 5 mm Darkling Beetle. I always love photographing this beetle as it look pretty "strange" as compared to the other beetles.

The last beetle for the trip was a surprise - a Firefly Beetle (Lychnuris fumigata) hiding under a leaf of a heliconia plant.

The trip was not as fruitful as expected but it is nevertheless interesting and worth the time travelling there.

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