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Friday, 11 March 2016

Night Walk At Dairy Farm Nature Reserve (11 Mar 2016)

The weather was dry and I decided to give Dairy Farm Nature Park another try after the few times of unsuccessful trip at the place because of wet weather.

Here's a shot of a beautiful Leaf Hopper found at the place.

The first beetle for the trip was a 3 mm Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea) and it was at a right height so I was able to take a much closer shot of it.

Near to the Ant-like Beetle was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) munching on a blade of grass.

Walking past a small tree, I was glad to find this small 5 mm beetle on it. Not sure what beetle this is but it looked like a Fungus Beetle.

On the same tree was another 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

Moving to another tree, I found this first-time-encountered 2 mm Fungus Beetle (or I think it is a Fungus Beetle given the shape of its antennae). It looked very much like the Darkling Beetle that I often encounter during my walks, but differs in the direction of the "arrow" pattern on the elytra.

Walking to another tree with a patch of moss growing on its side, I found this Darkling Beetle as mentioned above. Compare the direction of the "arrow" on its elytra.

Moving further down the trail, these Chafer Beetles (Adoretus compressus) were mating under a leaf.

On a tree near by was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

Coming to a tree stump, a Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Micrencaustes lunulata) was found on top of a large bracket fungus.

Running crazily on another bracket fungus on the same tree stump was this small Rove Beetle. This has always been a challenge as apart from it being hyper-active, it is also very sensitive to light and would run away from the light.

On a fallen log near to the tree stump was this Darkling Beetle.

On the same log was another 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

On the lower part of the tree stump was a 3 mm Polypore Fungus Beetle. I have not come across this beetle for a long while and I was thrilled to be able to find several of this beetle on the tree stump.

On the same tree stump was a large patch of white fungus growing on it. Feasting among the white fungus were several of this first-time-encountered Darkling Beetle.

It was almost at the end of the trail that I found a colony of Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) resting on some low bushes.

The Tiger Beetles were exceptionally calm and so I decided to take a close-up of one of the beetles.

On a rotten log near to the Tiger Beetle colony was a 10 mm Ddarkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).

On a tree nearby were a number of this small 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

And also a few of these Darkling Beetles, looking like grazing cows in a meadow.

On the same tree were also several of these Darkling Beetles.

The last beetle for the trip was a Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes) found among a woodpile.

This trip was so much better than the previous few trips to the place and I am thrilled to be able to find two first-time-encountered beetles.