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Friday, 28 August 2015

Night Walk At Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West (28 Aug 2015)

It has been a while since I last went to the Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, so I decided to go there to take a look. The weather was still very dry and hence the chance of finding beetles was much lower. Here's a photograph of a Shield Bug nymph (Pycanum rubens) found under a leaf.

The first beetle for the trip was a Flea Beetle found on a tree near to the Lotus Pond.

Although I am not having much hope of finding many beetles given the dry weather, the reality of not finding any beetles after walking for half an hour was not so easy to accept. This Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) was a welcomed sight.

More walking without finding any beetles, until this Long Horned Beetle (Coptops annulipes) was found at the base of a small tree.

More walking before finding a small 2 mm beetle on a tree trunk.

I was surprised and excited when I found this Click Beetle (Xanthopenthes schawalleri) resting on a hairy clidemia (Clidemia hirta).

After walking for a while without finding any beetles, I decided to call it a day and walked towards the exit. Just then I came across this Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

A few centimeters from the Chafer Beetle was this lone Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus).

It was about 50 meters from the exit where I found this lovely Net-winged Beetle.

The last beetle for the trip was another Chafer Beetle, found near to the Net-winged Beetle.

Although the number of beetles found during the trip was not so good, the types of beetles found were still interesting.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Night Walk At Pasir Ris Park (21 Aug 2015)

The weather was very dry and the chances of finding beetles to photograph would be lower. Driven by the eagerness of wanting to test out a new combination of diffusers, I decided to go to Pasir Ris Park for a night macro session as it is pretty convenient for me using public transport to get there.

The place was dry like a bone and I am already perspiring profusely while setting up my camera. In my mind, I am expecting one of those sweaty fruitless trip. Fortunately, my focus of this trip is more to field test the flash diffusers and so I would be happy as long as the photographs turned out right. Here is a photograph of a cicada emerged from its late nymph stage. I often see the empty cicada molt on my photography sessions and seldom came across cicada emerging, it was indeed a treat for the night.

The first beetle of the trip was a Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) resting on a leaf. There were many of this type of beetle at the place.

Near to the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle was this Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis), which I found on a dead leaf on the ground. Like the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle, the place was teeming with the Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle.

Besides the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle and Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle, no other beetles were encountered. Only after a good 15 min of walking before I found this Chafer Beetle (Maladera castanea) on a low Acacia tree (Acacia auriculiformis). Interestingly, there were dozens of them on this small tree.

More walking without seeing any beetles, I was almost wanting to give up and call it a day when this large Chafer Beetle (Phyllophaga marginalis) was seen on a tall bush by the side of a walking path.

Further down the path was a colony of Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta). Curiously, this is the only type of Tiger Beetle that I found in the night for all my night walks. Not sure where do the other types of Tiger Beetle sleep in the night.

The next beetle was a small 5 mm Darkling Beetle found next to the emerged Cicada at the beginning of the post.

Coming to some Sea Hibiscus (Talipariti tiliaceum), I eagerly looked for a type of small 3 mm Leaf Beetle that I often found on them.

Some more walking before encountering this tiny 2 mm beetle on a tree trunk.

Walking through a stretch of tall Elephant Grass (Pennisetum purpureum), I found a spot where there were some creepers and among the leaves was this LadyBird Beetle (Henosepitachna implicata).

Just when I was reaching the exit, a small 5 mm Leaf Beetle was spotted on a low plant.

Near to the Leaf Beetle were several of this strange looking Sweet PotatoWeevil (Clyas formicarius).

The last beetle was a Tortoiseshell Beetle (Laccoptera nepalensis).

Although the number of beetles found on this trip was small as compared to previous trip, it was still a good trip as I am able to test out my latest flash diffuser setup. Appreciate your comments on the flash diffuser lighting and suggestions on how to improve it further.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Night Walk At Venus Drive (14 Aug 2015)

My friend and I were planning to do our night macro photography session at Venus Drive with an objective of taking some photographs of the luminous mushrooms. Unlike the rainy week before, the weather this week was rather dry, which lessened the chances of us finding any luminous mushrooms. Although the place was bone dry as expected, we still managed to find some luminous mushrooms albeit that they were not the species that we were hoping for.

Apart from the luminous mushrooms, we also got a special treat of finding a pseudoscorpion during this trip. This is the first time that I encountered a pseudoscorpion at Venus Drive. A pseudoscorpion looks very much like a scorpion except for the lack of a stinging tail.

The first beetle of the trip was a Ladybird Beetle (Illeis koebelei) found 2 meters up a small tree.

On the same tree was an entirely brown Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) hiding under a leaf.

Moving to a large Elephant Ear Plant, we found a lone Ant-like Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea) under one of the large leaves.

Near to the Ant-like Beetle was a large Chafer Beetle (Phyllophaga marginalis) found clinging to a dead vine.

Coming to a wood pile, a single Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi) was found a dried up tree trunk.

On the same tree trunk was a Fungus Beetle (Episcapha quadrimacula) hiding in some white fungus.

Next to the wood pile was this highly alert Long-horned Beetle (Epepeotes luscus) which promptly went under a leaf for cover when our flashlight was shining on it.

Moving further down the trail, there was a rotting tree stump where this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba) was found.

Just when I was photographing the Darkling Beetle, my friend call out to me to see if I would want to photograph this Darkling Beetle (Phymatosum rufonotatum) that he found on a tree trunk.

Near to the Darkling Beetle was a tiny 2 mm Fungus Weevil found on some green lichens on a small tree.

The number of wood piles at Venus Drive has increased and on one of the wood piles was this skittish Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) which was moving quickly away from my flash light.

On a low tree next to the wood pile was a Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus).

On a small wood pile further down the trail was this small Darkling Beetle (Amarygmus sp.)

Next to the Darkling Beetle was a Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).

Moving further down, a Tiger Beetle was found resting on a dried leaf by the side of the trail.

On yet another wood pile was a pair of mating Darkling Beetle.

Next to the Darkling Beetle was this small shiny Darkling Beetle (Androsus fasciolatus).

After photographing the shiny Darkling Beetle, my friend was pointing me to a small partially eaten fungus mushroom. On the mushroom were a number of this Sap Beetles "swimming" in the slime that covered the mushroom.

Just a few centimeters from the Sap Beetle was a lone Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis).

On the side of the path was this metallic bronze colored Chafer Beetle that was hiding in a low bush.

Near to the Chafer Beetle was a Fungus Beetle (Amblyopus vittatus) resting on a leaf.

Just a stone's throw from the Fungus Beetle was a Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) found on the ground next to the path. Not sure why it was on the ground though.

Although the weather was dry, the number of beetles found so far was surprisingly good. Just a few meters from the Chafer Beetle was a Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

On a dead log nearby was a small beetle (Martinezostes sp.)

Close to the Martinezostes sp. beetle was a Darkling Beetle with red-banded legs.

At the base of a tree was a Darkling Beetle.

Hiding under some rubber tree leaves was a Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis) which looked very much like a cockroach.

On a rotten tree trunk near by were several Darkling Beetles and this beetle larvae.

Next to the rotten tree trunk was a small tree with several of this 2 mm Fungus Beetle on it.

On the same tree was a Click Beetle (Xanthopenthes schawalleri) hiding under a tree bark.

Along the way, my friend and I were 'distracted' by the luminous mushrooms and soon after taking the photographs of the luminous mushrooms, I found two of this Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes) on a small tree.

On another tree nearby was this Fungus Weevil resting on the side of the tree.

Coming to a big tree with an exposed base wet with tree sap, several of this first-time-encountered beetles were feasting on the sap.

On a small tree nearby was a Darkling Beetle that look very much like the Strongylium tenuipes Darkling Beetle encountered earlier, but it was almost half the size and differed in the coloration of the antennae. Not sure if this is the male of the Strongylium tenuipes Darkling Beetle or a different beetle altogether.

The last beetle of the trip was a first-time-encountered Soldier Beetle.

The trip was a fruitful one with us finding many beetles and photographing the luminous mushroom. Venus Drive is indeed a good place to go for macro photography.