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Friday, 5 August 2016

Night Walk At Pasir Ris Park (05 Aug 2016)

I was wondering what sort of beetles will I find at the mangrove and so I decided to head for the Pasir Ris Park's mangrove for the night macro photography session. Here's a photograph of a Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) found at the mangrove.

The first beetle for the trip was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus). There were several of this beetle encountered during the trip.

Near to the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle was another Chafer Beetle hidden under some low bushes.

Walking further down the trail, another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) was found on a half eaten leaf.

The surprise find for the night was this Tortoiseshell Beetle (Laccoptera nepalensis).

Near to the Tortoiseshell Beetle was a colony of this lovely orange color Leaf Beetle. It was interesting to find so many of them in one location.

Just next to the colony of Leaf Beetle was a lovely Ladybird Beetle (Heteroneda recticulata).

Moving closer to the mangrove, I found several of this small 5 mm bronze color Leaf Beetle.

Reaching the end of the stretch of low vegetation, this Chafer Beetle (Maladera castanea) was found hiding under a hairy leaf.

At the edge of the low vegetation was this skittish Sweet Potato Weevil (Cylas formicarius), which flew off after only two photographs of it.

The low vegetation gave way to a row of small trees that lined the walking path and on one of the trees was this lone 1 mm Fungus Beetle.

On another tree was this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis). I am surprised to find it on a healthy tree as they were usually encountered on fallen logs or dead trees.

On the same tree was this 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

Just a stone's throw from the entrance of the mangrove boardwalk was this Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta). I always enjoy photographing Tiger Beetles at night as they remained very still and thus allowing very close macro photographs to be taken.

I was not expecting to find many beetles at the mangrove and sure enough, I only find this type of small 4 mm Darkling Beetle on the boardwalk railings and no other beetles.

The last beetle for the trip was a Spiny Leaf Beetle found on a blade of grass near to another entrance.

Although the walk at the mangrove was pretty boring as there are not many critters encountered besides the Weaver Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) which could be seen all over the mangrove boardwalk, the trip is still a fruitful one as I am able to photograph a few interesting beetles and to test out my twin-flash macro-setup.

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