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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (30 Jun 2017)

For this week's night macro session, HW and I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park and we were resolute to start from our usual turn around point and not be "distracted" along the way there.

There were several interesting critters encountered (apart from beetles) during the trip and the discovery of a Pseudoscorpion "tree" was one of interesting encounters for the night. The tree that we found has easily a dozen or more of this 3 mm Pseudoscorpions.


The first beetle for the trip was a surprise as a few tens of this 3 mm Sap Beetles were found swarming around a group of fungus mushrooms growing on the side of a dead tree.


On the same tree was this lovely Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).


Centimeters from the Ground Beetle was a commonly encountered Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassiornis).


Next to the Fungus Weevil was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle.


Near to the dead tree was a Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis) resting on a small tapioca plant.


On a tree nearby was a lovely 10 mm Darkling Beetle.


On another tree nearby was this small 3 mm Darkling Beetle resting on a patch of lichen on the tree.


Coming to another dead tree, a 8mm Darkling Beetle was found on it.


Next to the dead tree was a 10 mm Weevil Beetle resting on a low bush.


On a fallen log near to the Weevil Beetle was this small 4 mm beetle of the Ceratocanthinae family.


Coming to a large dead tree stump, I was pleasantly surprised to find this 5 mm long time didn't encountered Fungus Beetle (Stenotarsus pardalis).


On the dead tree stump were several large bracket mushroom where several of this 4 mm Rove Beetles were found roaming on them.


On another part of the tree stump was another pleasant surprise - another long time didn't encounter 5 mm Fungus Beetle (Stenotarsus nobilis nobilis).


While photographing the Fungus Beetle, HW call out to me that there is a beetle on his camera flash diffuser. The beetle turn out to be a 5 mm Fungus Weevil.


While looking out for other beetles, HW call out to me again that there is another beetle on his flash diffuser. The beetle turn out to be a Darkling Beetle (Phymatosum rufonotatum).


The highlight of the trip was to witness a wrestling match between a Flat Bark Beetle and Straight Snout Weevil on a large dead tree stump. The Flat Bark Beetle seemed to be on the winning end of the match.


Besides the special treat of the beetle wrestle mania, the 10 mm Straight Snout Weevil is also a first-time-encountered beetle.


On the same tree stump was this 8 mm Darkling Beetle.


Near to the Darkling Beetle was a 4 mm Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma).


At the base of the tree stump was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis).


On the higher part of the tree stump was this first-time-encountered Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp.)


Moving further down the trail, several of this 4 mm black Darkling Beetles were found on a tree by the side of the trail.


It was just about now that my camera started to display "camera error" and refused to allow me to take any more photographs. I tried many other camera settings but still get the "camera error" message. This was the last photograph that I was able to take for the trip. Pardon the bad photograph as the camera defaulted to F2.0 aperture and hence the shallow depth-of-field.


The trip ended on a sad note with my camera malfunctioning, nevertheless the trip was fruitful and yielded a number of beetles, especially the two first-time-encountered beetles. The problem with my camera is likely to do with the camera's shutter and I will have to send it in for repair. Hoped it will not take to long to repair and I can resume my macro photography session in the near future.