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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Night Walk At Dairy Farm Nature Park (16 Dec 2016)

It was deciding between Venus Drive and Dairy Farm Nature Park and my friend HW and I decided to give the latter a try since the repair of a trail there was completed not too long ago. Here's a photograph of a stick insect encountered during the trip.


The first beetle for the trip was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle encountered en route to the Dairy Farm Nature Park from the Hill View MRT station, which is about 15 min walk (along the main road) to the entrance of the park.


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


Further down the track, a Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) was found feasting on a ginger plant leaf.


Near to the Chafer Beetle was one of my favorite Leaf Beetle (Hemipyxis semiviridis) on a low bush.


Near by at the base of a rotting tree stump was this Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Encaustes praenobilis).


A stone's throw from the entrance of Dairy Farm Nature Park was this Long Horned Beetle (Epepeotes luscus). The beetle was rather alert and promptly flew off after a few photographs.


Meters from the entrance to the Wallace Trail was this 5 mm Chafer Beetle (Maladera orientalis).


The first beetle when we entered the Wallace Trail was this Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis) on a small tree. I am surprised that this beetle remained very still for me to photograph as this type of beetle is very skittish and would usually fly away after one or two photographs.


Near to the Ground Beetle was a tiny 1 mm Fungus Beetle, which looked black to the naked eyes.


I was pretty surprised that the number of beetles encountered so far was not as expected. This could probably due to the surprisingly dry weather for the past two days. Coming to a fallen log, I found this active 10 mm Darkling Beetle on it.


More walking without finding any beetles, so I was rather glad to find this small roundish 5 mm Darkling Beetle on a small tree.


Near to the Darkling Beetle was another tiny 1 mm Darkling Beetle.


When we reached the Wallace Education Center, it was about time for us to turn back, just then we came across a low tree with blooms that attracted a number of Chafer Beetles (Aprosterna pallide).


Near to the Wallace Education Center were some Orchid plants and we were pleasantly surprised to find a Yellow Orchid Beetle (Lema pectoralis) on an Orchid flower.


Next to the Yellow Orchid Beetle was a small 5 mm Darkling Beetle at the base of a palm tree.


It was on our way towards the exit that HW chanced upon a large dead tree where several Darkling Beetles were found.



There were many large bracket fungus mushroom on the dead tree and among the mushroom was a pair of Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Encaustes pranenoblis).


This trip was not as fruitful as expected but nevertheless I am glad to be able to photograph the Yellow Orchid Beetle.