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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Night Walk At Lower Peirce Reservior (04 May 2018)

It was forecasted that it will rain in the evening but the weather remained pretty clear, and so I decided to go for my night macro session at the Lower Peirce Reservoir. When I reached the place, rain clouds started to gather and there were rumblings of thunders in the distance. Not deterred, I continued to head towards the part of the Lower Peirce Reservoir that I seldom frequent. From the look of things, it would be a short trip for the night.

Here's a photograph of an interesting spider found on a leaf.


The first beetle was a 10 mm Darkling Beetle, commonly found on rotting logs.


Near to the Darkling Beetle were several of this 10 mm Fungus Beetle.


Centimeters from the Fungus Beetle was a 4 mm Fungus Beetle, badly infested with mites.


Running about the fallen log was this metallic colored Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi). This is also one of my favorite beetles.


On the far end of the same fallen log was this 5 mm Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).


Nearby on the same log was another Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus assamensis).


Next to the Fungus Beetle were two Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).


Moving on, there were a number of tall Singapore Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum) along the way but only one particular plant that have these Chafer Beetles munching on its leaves.


A different Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) near to the above Chafer Beetle.


On the same plant was another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).


Further down the trail was a small tree where this 5 mm Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp.) was found munching on its bark.


On the same tree was this 3 mm Darkling Beetle.


No other beetle was found until this 1 mm Darkling Beetle turned up on a small tree next to the trail.


The last beetle for the trip was a Ground Beetle found high up a small tree, out of the reach of my 60 mm macro-lens. Right about now, the rumbling of thunders were right above head and the sky has turned smokey pink, a sure sign that it was about to rain. As such I decided to call it a day and picked up my paces and made my way towards the exit of the trail.


Although the trip was shorter than expected, there was still a good number of beetles encountered. Hopefully the next trip to the place will be much better.