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Friday, 2 June 2017

Night Walk At MacRitchie Reservoir Park (02 Jun 2017)

The sky was overcast and looked like it may rain, so I decided to go to the nearby MacRitchie Reservoir Park in case of a sudden downpour. From my previous experience with the place, I am not too hopeful that I will find many beetles especially given the not so ideal weather.

Interestingly there were a number of this lovely colored millipede found throughout the trip.

The first beetle for the trip was a Chafer Beetle (Aprosterna pllide) found on a Singapore Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum).

Near to the Aprosterna pallide Chafer Beetle was another Chafer Beetle under a leaf.

On a tree nearby was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

A stone's throw away was another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) on a Singapore Rhododendron plant.

As expected, it was only after a good 15 minutes or so of walking before I found this pair of 5 mm Click Beetle on a small tree.

More walking without encountering another beetle until this 3 mm Fungus Beetle on a fallen log. When I first photographed the beetle it looked a bit odd, and it was only when I was processing the photographs at home that I saw the drop of water on the beetle's head.

More walking without finding any beetle until this beetle larvae turned up on a small tree.

More walking before finding this small 3 mm Fungus Beetle (Mycetina ideahoensis) on a small tree.

Further down the trail was a dead small tree with several of this 5 mm Fungus Weevil on it.

On a small tree further down was this tiny 1 mm beetle.

On the same tree were several of this lovely 3 mm Fungus Beetle.

It is interesting to note that the trees at this place do not host many critters on them as compared to places like Windsor Nature Park (aka Venus Drive). It was only after some searching before finding this small 1 mm Fungus Beetle.

On another tree in the vicinity was this empty pupae shell.

With the small number of beetles encountered thus far and so I decided to call it a day and turn back. Just at this point that I found this Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis) on a low Singapore Rhododendron plant.

On a fallen tree near to the entrance of the trail was this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).

The last beetle for the trip was a Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus) found on a Clidemia hirta plant.

Although the trip was as expected to be unfruitful, it was still disappointing given the long time spent walking and looking for beetles.

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