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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Night Walk At Rifle Range Trail (29 Sep 2017)

It was almost 11 months since I last been to the Rifle Range Trail and so I decided to take a walk there for my macro photography session. Here's a photograph of a Kendall's Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis kendallii) found on one of the fallen trees. This is the first time that I encounter a Kendall's Rock Gecko.

The first beetle for the trip was a treat. This is the first time that I came across a Therates dimidiatus Tiger Beetle in the night. I have often wondered where do these Tiger Beetles hide in the night.

The next beetle was another Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) nearby to the Therates dimidiatus Tiger Beetle.

Near to the Tiger Beetle was a bronze colored Chafer Beetle.

Coming to a fallen log with a large patch of fungus mushrooms growing on it. On one of the fungus mushrooms was this 3 mm Rove Beetle.

On another fungus mushroom was a group of this small 5 mm Fungus Beetle.

Among the Fungus Beetles was a different Fungus Beetle.

This Darkling Beetle  was found alone on a fallen log further down the trail.

Nearby was this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) on a fallen tree.

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

Coming to a wood pile, I was glad to find this 5 mm first-time-encountered Ground Beetle.

On another fallen log nearby was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle.

The highlight for the trip was this Pintail Beetle on another fallen tree.

Just centimeters away was this Amargmus ovoideus Darkling Beetle.

The surprise for the trip was this 5 mm Leaf Beetle, usually found during the day.

At about 3/4 of the Rifle Road Trail, I was glad to find this 5 mm first-time-encountered Weevil Beetle.

Further down was this small 5 mm Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes) on a small tree.

Coming to a fallen tree on a slope, I was surprised to find a dozen of this 3 mm Fungus Beetle (Meilichius nigricollis).

On the same tree was this Fungus Beetle that was moving listlessly around.

The last beetle for the trip was this  5 mm Darkling Beetle on a small tree branch.

Although the place was pretty wet with rain, the trip was surprisingly fruitful with 3 first-time-encountered beetles. I am sure the place will be even more fruitful when the weather is better.

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