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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Night Walk At Venus Drive (13 Nov 2015)

It rained a few times through the day and hence the chances of finding beetles will be very much lower. Despite the heavy rain, my friend and I decided to proceed with our plan of going to Venus Drive as the chances of finding beetles there is much higher compared to other places. Here's an interesting spider encountered at the place.

The first beetle encountered was a small 2 mm beetle resting on a tree trunk.

As expected the vegetations at the place were very wet and it took a while before finding this first-time-encountered Long Horned Beetle.

Further down from the Long Horned Beetle was an Ant-like Leaf Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea) hiding under a large Elephant Ear Plant leaf.

On a wood pile next to the trail was a small 5 mm Ground Beetle (Minuthodes multisetosa).

More walking before I encountered this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) on a leaf.

Resting on a low bush nearby was a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta).

On a tree near to the Tiger Beetle was a small 5 mm Fungus Weevil.

On another wood pile along the trail were a number of the familiar Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).

On the same wood pile was a lovely Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).

A lone Fungus Beetle (Episcapha quadrimacula) was found wandering around a patch of small fungus mushroom.

Moving on to another wood pile, a lone Darkling Beetle was found on the underside of a fallen tree.

On a branch next to the fallen tree was a lovely colored Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma).

More walking without finding any beetles until we reached another wood pile. This commonly encountered Darkling Beetle was resting at the tip of dead branch.

Further down the trail, a small 2 mm Darkling Beetle was found on the side of a large tree which was not drenched from the heavy downpour earlier on.

More walking without finding any beetle until this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus) was found on a leaf.

Near to the Fungus Beetle was a patch of Clidemia hirta plant and on it was a metallic bronze Chafer Beetle.

More walking without seeing any beetles, until this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba) resting on the tip of a branch,

A stone's throw away was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) on a creeper vine.

Coming to a relatively dry tree, I was glad to find a lone beetle larvae.

On a tree nearby was this Martinezostes sp. on a wet tree trunk.

Just as when we were about to turn back and call it a day, I chanced upon this Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes) at the base of a tree.

On tree next to the Darkling Beetle was a Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis), busy chewing up the tree bark that it was on.

On the same tree was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

While I was photographing the Darkling Beetle,  my friend called out to me that he found a beetle. It was a Fungus Beetle (Amblyopus vittatus) on a leaf.

On a tree nearby was this skittish Darkling Beetle which promptly moved away after a few photo shots.

The last beetle for the trip was a Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

The trip was expected to be not so fruitful because of the heavy rain earlier in the day. Apart from photographing beetles, I was also testing out my DIY flash diffuser. Although the results of the test seemed acceptable, I think there are much room for improvement, more testings to come.

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