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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Night Walk At Bukit Timah Nature Reserve ~ Durian Loop (09 Nov 2016)

The weather looks good so I decided to go for a macro session at the Durian Loop of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I also took the opportunity to invite my young beetle-lover friend Reynard to join me for the trip. It's has been a while I last been to the place and have no idea what we will find for the night.

Here's a photograph of a Tail-less Whip Scorpion encountered at the place. Despite its fiercesome look, it was said that it is actually a rather gentle critter and would not mind being handled. Regardless of what were said, I am not about to find out if this is really true and just enjoy the look of this interesting creature.


The first beetle for the trip were several Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) found on a fallen log.


Near to the Darkling Beetles were several of this small 4 mm Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes) found on a small tree.


A stone's throw away was a tree stump with a few bracket mushrooms growing on it. On the mushrooms were several Rove Beetle (Sepedophilus bisignatus) running frantically about.


Tucked away in the tree stump was a 15 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Encaustes praenobilis).


The place was rather wet and so it was only after a bit of walking before I came across this 10 mm Darkling Beetle on a fallen tree.


On the same fallen tree was another Darkling Beetle (Eucytus anthracinus).


More walking until we came across this lone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) resting on a leaf.


On a tree near to the Tiger Beetle were several 4 mm Ground Beetles (Pericalus tetrastigma) running about on its trunk.


On the same tree trunk was a lone 3 mm Darkling Beetle.


Moving further down the track, we came across another tree stump with some white fungus mushroom growing on it. Next to the mushroom was a small 3 mm Darkling Beetle. When I was there I thought that it was a normal small Darkling Beetle. It was only when I was processing the photographs that I noticed the tiny "horns" on the beetle.


More walking until we came to some Elephant Ear Plant (Alocasia macrorrhizos) where this lone Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea) was found under one of its giant leaves.


Near by was an area where Air Potato Plants were growing wild and had taken over almost the entire place. On one of the leaves was this 10 mm Chafer Beetle (Maladera castanea).


Near to the Chafer Beetle was a patch of Aglaonema 'Gold Dust' plants where this 20 mm Mangrove Long Horned Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) was found.


Near to the Mangrove Long Horned Beetle was a Leaf Beetle (Lema divresa) which I seldom encounter during my night walks.


Coming to another tree stump, I was surprised to find this lone Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus tetraspilotus) on an Air Potato leaf next to the tree stump. It has been a while I last came across this beetle.


The highlight for the trip was the encounter with this first-time-encountered 5 mm Darkling Beetle. I have previously encountered similar looking Darkling Beetle but the size and location of the yellow spots are very different from this.


On a tree near by was this pair of small 3 mm Darkling Beetle.


On the same tree was the "shell" of a beetle larvae.


Time passes quickly and it was time to leave the trail. This roundish 8 mm Darkling Beetle was found on a large tree along the side of Riffle Range Road.


As we came to the base of a road fly-over, I was surprised to find a 10 mm Click Beetle (Pectocera babai) and a 3 mm Toe-Winged Beetle on the wall of the fly-over.



The last beetle of the trip was a 10 mm Darkling Beetle found on a tree next to a bus-stop.


This trip was unexpectedly fruitful even though the weather is less than ideal. This seemed to be a good place to go for my future macro sessions.