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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Night Walk At A Secret Place (25 May 2018)

The weather was surprisingly dry today so my friend HW and I decided to fo for our night macro session at a place that we seldom visit. I am keeping the location secret so as to protect the interesting flora that we encountered during this trip.

This is what prompted me to keep the location secret - a super interesting plant with white leaf. This is the first time that I come across a plant with entirely white leaves. I guessed that this probably is a sapling of a normal tree with green leaves, but nevertheless I am keeping the location secret just in case that it is a special plant. It is interesting to note that I only found 2 of such plant in the area that we visited.


The same area also have another increasingly rare plant in Singapore - Pitcher Plant. Here's a photograph of a more common pitcher plant (Nepenthes gracilis).


Near to the Nepenthes gracilis was several of this not so common Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes rafflesiana). Sadly we didn't see any of them having any pitchers even though the leaves are relatively large.


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


Near to the Chafer Beetle was a lovely 3 mm Darkling Beetle which has a purplish tint to it.


A few trees away was another 3 mm Darkling Beetle.


After a short while of walking, we came to a wood pile where several of this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) were found on  a rotten log.


On the same log was this cool looking Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).


On another rotting log in the wood pile was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Eucyrtus anthracinus).


Still at the wood pile, another Darkling Beetle (Eumporphus assamensis) was munching away on a crop of fungus growth.


On the same log was a well camouflaged Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).


On another log near by was this lone beetle larva.


A few meters away, HW found this 10 mm Fungus Weevil on a small tree.


Coming to a patch of Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) plant, there were many of this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus).


Near to the Adoretus compressus Chafer Beetle was a not so commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Maladera castanea).


Pressing on, this 8 mm Leaf Beetle was found on a leaf near by from the Maladera castanea Chafer Beetle.


Walking further, we were glad to be able to find another fallen log where this Fungus Beetle was hiding.


On a nearby tree was this small beetle larva.


On the same tree was this hyperactive Fungus Beetle which at first glance looked like a Eumporphus assamensis Fungus Beetle. Upon closer examination of the photograph at home, it actually has 6 spots instead of 4, which means it is a different beetle.


Searching among the low bushes, this 20 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi) was found resting on a dead tree branch.


Near by was a 8 mm  commonly encountered Darkling Beetle.


Moving deeper into the trail, I was glad to be able to find a beetle larva on a small tree.


On the same tree was a beetle pupa, which is the next stage of the beetle larva.


On the same tree was this 3 mm Darkling Beetle.


The last beetle for the trip was this roundish Darkling Beetle.


I am glad that the weather turned out good and I am able to go to this "secret" place and found a good number of beetles. I will surely go back to the location again given the interesting flora and fauna encountered at the place.