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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Night Walk At MacRitchie Reservoir (01 July 2016)

I was on my own this week and so I decided to go to MacRitchie Reservoir Park for my weekly walk. The weather was very hot and the vegetation there looked very parched and in need of some good rain.

Here's a photograph of a wasp hiding under a leaf, found along the trail.

The first beetle was a 10 mm  Darkling Beetle found on a tree very near to the MacRitchie Reservoir bus-stop.

On another tree near to the first Darkling Beetle was another small 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

Not much actions along the path towards the MacRitchie Reservoir trail, until a patch of Singapore  Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum) where this pair of Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) was found.

A few meters from the Chafer Beetle was a lone Leaf Beetle (Colasposoma auripenne) on a Singapore  Rhododendron leaf.

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

The trail was dry and not many critters were encountered except for the many ants that congregate on the trees lining the trail. On a freshly fallen tree was this Fungus Weevil (Stiboderes impressus) with a Ambrosia Beetle. Pardon the poorly taken photograph as the beetle was very alert and it quickly moved under the tree trunk when I was photographing it.

The fallen tree was full of holes made by a number of this Ambrosia Beetles.

Near to the fallen tree was a small 5 mm Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes).

Several trees away was a roundish 8 mm Darkling Beetle.

On the same tree was a 1 mm Fungus Beetle.

No other beetles were found until the turn-back point where this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes) was found. The size of this beetle is double the size of the earlier encountered Darkling Beetle.

Centimeters away from the Strongylium tenuipes Darkling Beetle was this small 5 mm red-legged Darkling Beetle.

The last beetle encountered was a small 4 mm Darkling Beetle found congregating with another 10 or so Darkling Beetles.

The trip was not as fruitful as expected due to the exceptionally hot and dry weather. Nevertheless, I still managed to find some beetles.