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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Night Walk At Pasir Ris Park (20 Jul 2018)

I was away for holiday in Genting Highlands last week. Besides the usual sight-seeing and shopping, I am glad that I was able to find some interesting beetles. Here are some of the photographs of the beetles that I found there.

The biggest beetle I found was a minor male Chalcosoma caucasus, at about 50 mm in size. The reason why it is called minor male is because it lacks the usual pronounced horns that male beetles of its kind have. Sadly, I didn't come across any normal male Chalcosoma caucasus.

It must be the season for Xylotrupes gideon as I easily came across a few tens of them, albeit that they were mostly females. I only came across 3 male Xylotrupes gideon during the trip.

Here's a photograph of a female Xylotrupes gideon. I am surprised to come across so many of them during the trip. They were usually found on their backs in the car parks, but they can also be found in bushes near to bright lights.

I am glad to also found several Stag Beetles on this trip.

Motivated by what I saw in Genting Highlands, I called up HW and arranged for a night macro session at the Pasir Ris Park. The weather has been very dry over the week and hence we were mentally prepared not to find many critters during this trip. Here's an interesting looking moth that looks like a half eaten leaf.

The first beetle for the trip was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

Not too far from the Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle was another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle.

It was after some walking before finding this black and brown Chafer Beetle.

Coming to a small tree, there were several of this 2 mm Darkling Beetles moving around the tree trunk.

On the same tree were a number of pupae, some were empty while others were not. Notice also that there is a beetle larva next to an empty pupa.

Near to the Darkling Beetle was an old vine where this first-time-encountered Fungus Beetle was found, with its head buried into the wood.

More Chafer Beetles (Aprosterna pallide) encountered as we proceeded towards the spot where several Tiger Beetles colonies were found during the last trip there.

Upon reaching the Tiger Beetle spot, we were greeted by scores of Tiger Beetles (Cicindela aurulenta) resting in groups among the low bushes.

Moving further, I was glad to find a 4 mm Leaf Beetle resting on a blade of Elephant Grass (Pennisetum purpureum).

Sharing the same habitat with the Leaf Beetle was this 3 mm Sweet Potato Weevil (Cylas formicarius) resting on another blade of Elephant Grass.

The last beetle for the trip was a pair of another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus).

In all honesty, this trip to Pasir Ris Park was an anti-climax when compared to my trip to Genting Highlands. Nevertheless this was expected given the hot and dry weather that we are experiencing in Singapore.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Night Walk At Lower Peirce Reservoir (29 Jun 2018)

It has been raining for almost the entire week and today it was no exception. It rained in the late afternoon but fortunately the rain stopped when the night began to fall. HW and I have been looking forward to the session and we decided to continue with the plan despite the heavy rain earlier on. As expected, the place was soaked to the bone and we were not hopeful that we would find any beetle for the night. Here is a shot of an interesting looking Painted Chorus Frog (Microhyla butleri) found at the place.

The first beetle for the trip was a 10 mm Fungus Beetle found on a fallen log.

On another fallen log was this lone Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).

On a small tree nearby was this 2 mm Fungus Beetle.

Further down the trail was another fallen log where this 10 mm Ground Beetle (Physodera eschscholtzii) was found.

The last beetle of the trip was this 25 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi).

It was expected that we would not find many beetles due to the earlier heavy rain. Nevertheless, I am glad that we still managed to find a few beetles despite the rain.  

Friday, 22 June 2018

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (22 Jun 2018)

For this week, HW and I decided to go to Windsor Nature Park for our night macro session. Here's a photograph of a adorable looking Lowland Dwarf Gecko (Hemiphyllodactylus typus) which I have not encountered for a long while. This should be the slowest gecko that you can find in Singapore and makes it a very good photography subject.

As usual, the first beetle for the trip was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle found on a tree next to the Windsor Nature Park car park.

Next was likely a Darkling Beetle that I am still trying to find its identity. For this particular specimen, it was surprisingly active and moved about this particular leaf for the entire time when I was photographing it.

Near to the Darkling Beetle was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) on a leaf of a creeper vine.

Coming to a sandy patch of the trail, several of this Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) were found resting on some low bushes. At night is the best time to photograph this beetle as it is almost impossible to photograph it with a macro lens in the day due to its hyper-activeness.

On a small fallen tree next to the trail was a commonly encountered 10 mm Darkling Beetle.

On the same fallen tree was another Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).

On a nearby tree was a lone beetle larva. This is one of the more commonly encountered beetle larvae in our forests and parks.

On the same tree were many of this 2 mm Darkling Beetles.

There were some waist level plants nearby and on one of them was this deep bronze color Chafer Beetle.

Attracted by some huge fallen logs, we decided to take a detour from the main trail and moved into the bushes. On one of the small trees near to the fallen log was this bright 1 mm Fungus Beetle.

On the huge fallen log was this beautiful Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).

On the same log was a large colony of this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba). I was pleasantly surprised to find 20-30 of them on the same log.

Still on the same fallen log was this lone Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis), blended perfectly into its background.

About a meter from the Fungus Weevil was a Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi).

The surprise for the night was the encounter with this large 30 mm Weevil Beetle, found under a fallen tree nearby.

On the ground directly below the Weevil Beetle was a 15 mm Darkling Beetle, resting motionlessly on the leaves litter.

Moving back on the trail, it was not too long that we were attracted by another fallen log. On it there were several of this beetle larvae.

I am very surprised to find a large colony of this small 4 mm Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma) on the log. Typically, I would find at most 4 or 5 of them on a log, but for this particular spot there are easily 50 over of them spread across the entire length of the fallen log.

Found among the Pericalus tetrastigma Ground Beetles was this lone 8 mm Ground Beetle.

Near to the fallen log was a small tree where this 5 mm Weevil Beetle was found.

On the same tree was this 3 mm Fungus Weevil.

Still on the same tree was this lone 2 mm Darkling Beetle. To the naked eyes, this beetle would appeared as a small black speck on the tree. Only when you zoomed onto it that its true color and pattern appeared.

Moving on to another huge fallen log and the first beetle found on it was this Darkling Beetle with red coloration on its legs.

Interestingly, there were easily 20 of this 10 mm Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis) on the log. This is different from my usual encounters where only 2 or 3 of them were found at one spot.

Still on the same log was this 10 mm Ground Beetle (Physodera eschscholtzii). I particularly like the angle of this shot as it showed the interesting side profile of the beetle.

On the log was this spherical looking beetle from the sub-family Ceratocanthinae.

On the ground next to the Ceratocanthinae beetle was a small hairy 1 mm Fungus Beetle.

The highlight of the trip was this 15 mm Click Beetle (Xanthopenthes bifasciatus) at the base of a small tree next to the trail.

On a small fallen log that lined the trail was this 4 mm beetle (Hyberis araneiformis).

Moving further down the trail, a 25 mm Ground Beetle that looked like a cockroach was found feasting on a patch of fungus on a small tree 

On a small tree nearby was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

The last stop was an old "snow tree" where this 30 mm Darkling Beetle (Promethis valga) was found.

On the same tree was this first time encountered 5 mm Chafer Beetle.

Still on the same tree were several of this 3 mm Darkling Beetles.

The last beetle for the trip was this 5 mm Darkling Beetle with a metallic sheen.

This was a fruitful trip where we encountered over 30 different types of beetles, and I am glad to be able to find a first-time-encountered Chafer Beetle.