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Friday, 1 June 2018

Night Walk At Bukit Batok East Forest (01 Jun 2018)

It rained heavily the day before and also in the earlier part of the day, and thankfully the sky cleared and I am able to go for my night macro session with HW. I have been looking forward to this trip as we were planning to check out a new location that we have not been before - Bukit Batok East Forest.

I do not know what to expect and was concerned if the place is still the same as I saw on Google Map. I am glad that when we arrived at the location the place look pretty much like what is in Google Map.

The place was rougher than I expected and it was a challenge to find a way into the forest as the place was surrounded by thick vegetation that are not passable without a parang knife. We hit several "dead ends" and later decided to just walk the edge of the forest and see if there are natural path into the forest. Fortunately, we found a small path that led into the forest.

Here's a photograph of a lovely fungus mushroom found at the place.


The first beetle for the trip was a 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Eucyrtus anthracinus) on a rotten wood stump.


On a tree nearby was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle high up a tree.


At the base of the same tree was a pair of 1 mm Darkling Beetle.


Further down the path was Click Beetle (Pectocera babai) resting under a leaf.


On a low rubber tree was a Fungus Beetle (Stenotarsus noblis noblis) moving about on a leaf.


Nearby was a Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus) resting on a leaf.


The last beetle for the trip was a Chafer Beetle (Maladera orientalis) resting on a small plant.


This trip was physically tiring due to our earlier attempts to find an "entrance". Nevertheless, I am glad that we still managed to find a few beetles during the trip. This trip was interesting and I will likely to go there again in the future.