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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Night Walk At A Secret Place (08 Jun 2018)

In the last trip to the secret place, HW and I were able to find 2 out of the 3 species of Pitcher Plants found in Singapore. Spurred on by the previous find, we decided to go back to the secret place this week to see if we can find the 3rd Pitcher Plant - Nepenthes ampullaria.

Here's a photograph of a Nepenthes ampullaria found at the secret place.

The first beetle for the trip was a Ground Beetle found while waiting for HW.

There were a number of huge fallen trees at the place and there were many beetles on it. Here's a Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba) which appear black until the camera flash brought out the golden markings on its elytra.

Another Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta) on the same log.

Near by were several of this 10 mm Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus politus) on the same log.

Interestingly, there was a whole colony of this 15 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi) found on the tree.

There were also several of this red-legged Darkling Beetle on the log.

Near to the underside of the log was a 5 mm Ground Beetle (Physodera eschscholtzii) which appeared black to the naked eyes. The metallic blue lining only appear when the camera flash was on it.

Still on the same log was this lovely patterned 3 mm Fungus Beetle.

The highlight for the trip was the encounter of this 15 mm Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus marginatus), which I have not encountered for a very long while.

Another Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus tetraspilotus) was also on the log.

On a small vine next to the log was a lone 10 mm Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus).

Moving on to another smaller fallen tree, several of this 10 mm Darkling Beetle were on it.

On the same log was this familiar and yet different 15 mm Ground Beetle (Catascopus facialis). It looked very much like the Catascopus dalbertisi Gound Beetle, except that it is much smaller in size and its pronotum is metallic bluish-green in color. Catascopus dalbertisi Ground Beetle has a metallic bronze coloration on its pronotum.

Near by was this lone Fungus Beetle (Episcapha xanthopustulata).

Near by was another small fallen log where this 25 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Encaustes praenobilis).

While we were searching for the Nepenthes ampullaria Pitcher Plant, HW found this 5 mm Fungus Beetle on a blade of leaf.

Near to the Fungus Beetle was another fallen tree where this 25 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Micrencaustes lunulata) was found.

On the same fallen log was a dead leaf where this 3 mm Darkling Beetle was resting on it.

After finding the Nepenthes ampullaria Pitcher Plant, we decided to call it a day and just then I found this interesting looking 10 mm Fungus Beetle (Amphisternus vomeratus) resting on a leaf.

Just as we are about to reach the "exist" of the place, I found this lovely patterned beetle larva on a small tree. I wondered what beetle would it turn out to be.

The last beetle for the trip was a commonly seen Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) found on a Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) plant.

This trip was a fruitful one. Apart from finding the rarely encountered Nepenthes ampullaria Pitcher Plant, I am glad to be able to find about twenty different species of beetle.