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Friday, 8 April 2016

Night Walk At Dairy Farm Quarry Trail (08 Apr 2016)

After last week disappointing trip at the Singapore Quarry Trail, Reynard and I decided to go to the Dairy Farm Nature Park. As we walked towards the Dairy Farm Nature Park, we were once again distracted and went on the Dairy Farm Quarry trail.

The place looked like it just rained as the vegetation at the place seemed wet. This is good news as the weather has been dry and hazy in Singapore and is starting to take a tow on the vegetation in our parks and nature reserves. Here's a shot of an interesting colored Earwig found at the place.

The first beetle for the trip was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle on a pretty dried-up fallen log.

In a small crevice of a small tree were two 3 mm Darkling Beetles. If you look closer, you will see some tiny eggs at the bottom of the crevice opening.

Slightly further away from the tiny Darkling Beetles was another 3 mm Darkling Beetles on a small tree.

Coming to a patch of low Clidemia hirta plant and I am glad to find this 5 mm Soldier Beetle.

It was only after a while of walking before I encountered this small 3 mm Leaf Beetle.

The trail was lined with thick Simpoh air (Dillenia suffruticosa) plants and it was not fruitful until we came to an opening with some small trees and low bushes. Here's a small 2 mm Fungus Beetle on a small tree.

On a small Clidemia hirta plant was a 5 mm Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

On a Singapore  Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum) next to the Argopus brevis Leaf Beetle was another lovely Leaf Beetle (Hemipyxis semiviridis).

Further down the trail was a pair of Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) doing their thing under a leaf.

We reached an open area where there is a high cliff wall and the primary vegetation there are Simpoh air (Dillenia suffruticosa) plants.

On a fallen log was a 8 mm Darkling Beetle.

Near to the Darkling Beetle was another 3 mm Darkling Beetle with a purplish tinge on its elytra.

At the open grass patch, I found this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

On a badly eaten Simpoh air leaf was this small 3 mm Leaf Beetle.

Just when it was time to turn back, I found this tiny first-time-encountered 2 mm Leaf Beetle on a small plant.

The last beetle for the trip was a metallic bronze colored Chafer Beetle feasting on a Clidemia hirta plant.

The trip was not as fruitful as expected but it does yielded a first-time-encountered Leaf Beetle. The next time I would have to remind myself not to be distracted and keep to the original plan of going to Dairy Farm Nature Reserve.

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