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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Night Walk At Venus Drive (12 Aug 2016)

After last week boring mangrove walk, my friend HW and I decided that we stick to the tried-and-tested Venus Drive for this week's walk. Here's a photograph of a web of spiderling found while under a fallen tree.


The first beetle for the trip was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle found on a small tree at the car park entrance.


What attracted my attention to the Darkling Beetle was this small 2 mm Ground Beetle, which eluded me for a while until it decided to stay still for a long enough moment for me to catch a few shots of it.


Next to the 3 mm Darkling Beetle were several of this roundish 3 mm Darkling Beetles.


On another tree was a 1 mm beetle larvae.


On the same tree was a large 5 mm roundish Darkling Beetle.


Along the path leading to the trail was a patch of Elephant Ear Plant and on it was a 3 mm Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea).


At the entrance of the trail was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle.


Not far from the entrance was a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) sleeping on a fern leaf.


On a small tree nearby was a 1 mm Fungus Beetle.


On the same tree was this 2 mm Fungus Beetle moving actively on the tree trunk.


Further down the trail, there was a broken tree trunk with several of this Fungus Weevil on it.


Next to the broken tree trunk was a fallen tree and on it were several of this 10 mm Darkling Beetle.


On the same fallen tree was a lovely metallic color Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).


On an adjacent fallen tree trunk was a Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).


Moving to a rotten tree by the side of the trail, HW found a colony of this small 3 mm Rove Beetle resting in a cluster of bracket fungus mushroom.


Near to the Rove Beetle was a long time didn't encountered Darkling Beetle (Cryphaeus gazelle).


Moving along, I was pleasantly surprised to find this Long Horned Beetle (Epepeotes luscus) at the base of a small tree.


A stone's throw from the Long Horned Beetle were several Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) feasting on a small plant.


On a mid size tree was several of this 3 mm Sap Beetle.


On the same tree were also several of this 2 mm Darkling Beetle.


At the base of the tree was a pile of wet mud and near to it was a small Martinezostes sp. beetle.


Near by from the tree was a fallen tree where this lone Rove Beetle was found motionless on it. It is pretty rare to find Rove Beetle remained motionless as they tend to run about when they detect lights shining on them.


Walking further, I was glad to find this lovely Leaf Beetle (Hemipyxis semiviridis) on a leaf just by the side of the trail.


At the base of a large plant was a metallic colored Chafer Beetle.


On a small tree next to the Chafer Beetle was this 3 mm Fungus Beetle. Just as I was photographing this beetle, I suddenly felt unwell and decided to call it a day.


The number of beetles found on this trip was good and it was sad that I suddenly felt ill, else I believed we would have encounter even more interesting beetles on this trip.