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Friday, 24 June 2016

Rainy Night Walk At Venus Drive (24 June 2016)

After two weeks of overseas travel, I am itching to have some macro-photography actions. The weather was not very good as it rained throughout the day. My friend HW and I decided that we will go to Venus Drive since the chances of finding beetles in such wet weather is much higher.

Here's a photograph of an unfamiliar 30 mm critter, possibly a nymph of a grasshopper.

On a tree trunk of the trees next to the Venus Drive car park were a large number of this small 3 mm Darkling Beetle. Here's a photograph of some beetle eggs next to a pair of Darkling Beetles.

A lovely gummy-like beetle larvae  was found near to the beetle eggs. This looked like it had emerged from an egg not too long ago.

Another beetle larvae, probably emerged a while back, given the darker coloration.

On another tree was this late stage beetle larvae.

The trees were full of this Darkling Beetles.

Close to the Darkling Beetle was another 5 mm shiny Darkling Beetle.

The highlight for the trip was the encounter of this 6 mm Hister Beetle (Hololepta plana). This is the second time that I encountered this beetle. A pretty strange looking beetle I must add.

On a low tree branch near to the entrance of the Venus Drive Trail was this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).

Next to the Fungus Weevil was a 10 mm Darkling Beetle.

The first beetle on the trail was this Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) sleeping on a leaf.

On a fallen log were several 10 mm Darkling Beetles.

On another log nearby was this 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

On a tree further down the trail was a beetle larvae. It is good to find beetle larvae as it is an indicator that the beetles are still doing well.

On the same tree with the beetle larvae was this small 4 mm Fungus Weevil.

On another tree was this 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

On the same tree was another 3 mm shiny Darkling Beetle.

Coming to a woodpile, I am glad to be able to find one of my favorite Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).

Near to the Ground Beetle was a Rove Beetle.

Next to the Rove Beetle was a Fungus Weevil that looked very much like the Eucorynus crassicornis Fungus Weevil, except for the darker coloration of its elytra.

On another fallen tree log further down the trail was this lone Rove Beetle. This beetle was not as active as expected, probably due to the wet weather.

On the same log was a Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba) that I have not seen for a while. I am so glad to be able to see them again.

On a tree nearby was a pair of Darkling Beetle.

Another interesting encounter for the night was this Fungus Beetle (Amblypus vittatus).

As all the vegetation were wet with rain, so my focus was on tree trunks and fallen logs. On one of the many fallen logs that lined the trail, I found this small 4 mm Darkling Beetle on top of a fungus mushroom.

On the same log was a lone and motionless Rove Beetle. This is interesting as I seldom come across Rove Beetle that is so calm and motionless. It remained motionless throughout my photographing of it.

On the underside of a leaf was this Bronze color Chafer Beetle. The coloration didn't come up because of the odd angle of my flash to the beetle.

We were almost at the u-turn point of our trip when I found this Fungus Weevil (Stiboderes impressus) on a fallen log.

At the turning back point was a stump of a "broken" tree - the tree was broken in two, probably by strong wind or rain, as the stump looked very healthy. I was pretty surprised to find a few different beetles on it. The first one was a small 4 mm beetle (Martinezostes sp.)

The other beetle on the tree stump was a Fungus Beetle.

Moving next to the Martinezostes sp. beetle was another beetle.

Centimeters away was another 10 mm Darkling Beetle.

At the turn-back point, I found this Fungus Weevil hiding under a tree leaf.

Hiding within a low bush was a pair of Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

On a leaf of a small plant was this lone Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus).

More Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) was found on a tree log at the turn-back point.

As we were turning back, I found this black 25 mm Ground Beetle on a leaf.

Near to the Ground Beetle was another Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis). It was originally on a leaf and I moved closer, it fell to the ground.

The last encounter for the trip was a later stage beetle larvae.

The trip was surprisingly fruitful given the wet weather. I was a little unhappy with the flash diffusion as it was put together in a hurry and hence cast a much stronger hot-spot than desired. Overall, it was a good trip.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

A Neighborhood Encounter (04 Jun 2016)

Found this beautiful 5 mm first-time-encountered Dung Beetle by accident around the neighborhood. After searching the internet, it looked very much like the Onthophagus trituber Dung Beetle.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Night Walk At Venus Drive (03 Jun 2016)

The weather has been wet for the past week, so my friend HW and I decided to go to Venus Drive to hopefully find some luminous mushrooms to photograph. The night was interesting in that we came across several interesting critters.

Here's a photograph of a 3 mm pseudo-scorpion which proved to be a challenge to photograph as it kept going into a small crevice near to it.

Another rarely encountered critter was this Lowland Dwarf Gecko (Hemiphyllodactylus typus) which slowly but steadily moved out of my camera focusing light.

The most interesting critter was this fly-like insect which congregated in large numbers on a single plant.

The first beetle for the trip was found on a small tree that lined the car park.

Coming to a large Elephant Ear plant, I am glad that we were able to find two of this small 4 mm Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea).

Near to the Ant-like Flower Beetle was a Chafer Beetle (Maladera orientalis) hiding among the Wild Pepper (Piper sarmentosum) plants that lined the side of the trail.

Coming to a small tree, I was surprised to find this lone Rove Beetle running about the side of the tree.

This period could possibly the emergence period for the Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) as we found large number of them at Venus Drive and also at Pasir Ris Park.

Near to the Tiger Beetle was a large 12 mm Fungus Weevil on a leaf.

Near to the Fungus Weevil was a fallen rotting tree and on it was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle munching on some fungus growth.

Walking further down the trail, I was happy to find this small 3 mm beetle.

Several trees away, I was thrilled to find this lone 5 mm first-time-encountered Rove Beetle.

On another tree nearby was this small 2 mm Fungus Beetle.

Coming to a standing dead palm tree, I found this 6 mm Darkling Beetle high up the tree which gave me some good stretching.

While I was photographing the Darkling Beetle, HW called out to me to tell me that he found a beetle. Interestingly, this beetle looked like the Pectocera babai Click Beetle except that it does not have the fan-antennae of that of Pectocera babai Click Beetle. Not sure if it is a different beetle all together.

Further down the track was a woodpile where several of this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) were seen moving on it.

On the same woodpile was this lovely Ground Beetle (Catascopis dalbertisi).

On a big tree nearby was this small 5 mm Fungus Weevil. Next to the Fungus Weevil was a really tiny beetle-like critter that I think could be some sort of mite.

On the same tree near to the Fungus Beetle was this 2 mm Darkling Beetle.

On another tree nearby was this 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

On the side of another small tree was this large 20 mm Ground Beetle which with a cursory glance looked very much like a cockroach.

On a patch of Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) were several of this Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

Next to the Leaf Beetle was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

Just centimeters away from the Chafer Beetle was another Chafer Beetle hiding under a leave.

Coming to another woodpile, I am glad to find this not-so-good looking Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) on it.

We were almost near to the turn-back point when this small 4 mm Fungus Weevil turned up on a small tree.

On the same tree with the Fungus Weevil was this beetle larvae. It is wonderful to still be able to find beetle larvae despite the not so ideal weather for the past weeks.

At the turn-back point was this small 4 mm Ground Beetle (Minuthodes multisetosa) on a small tree branch.

As we were making our way back, we chanced upon this lovely Darkling Beetle (Phymatosum rufonotatum) on the end of a broken tree branch.

The last beetle for the trip was a Ground Beetle resting on a leaf.

The trip was fruitful with more than 20 different beetles encountered, even though we didn't find the luminous mushroom that we were looking for.