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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (26 Oct 2018)

The weather was overcast and looked like it would rain in the evening. Not deterred, HW and I decided to proceed to Windsor Nature Park for our night macro session as planned. During the trip, HW found this interesting looking cockroach that looked more like a living fossil trilobite than a cockroach.

The first beetle of the trip was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle found on a small tree next to the car park of Windsor Nature Park.

On another tree nearby was this 2 mm Darkling Beetle.

Coming to a patch of Bamboo Orchid, we were glad to find several of this Orchid Beetle (Lema pectoralis) munching on a flower.

A stone's throw away was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) having its supper of leaf.

Next to the Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle was another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus).

Not too far away was another Chafer Beetle (Phyllophaga marginalis).

Coming to the spot where several Elephant Ear Plant were found, I am glad to still find several of this 4 mm Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea).

At the entrance of the Venus Loop trail was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle on a rotten tree.

On a low bush near to the Darkling Beetle was a 10 mm Chafer Beetle.

Further down the trail was a 1 mm Darkling Beetle found on a patch of lichen on a small tree.

On a fallen tree near to the Darkling Beetle was another 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

After some walking, we were glad to come across a huge fallen tree where a number of beetles were found on it. Several of this Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi) were found on the tree. If you looked carefully, this particular specimen was munching on a small beetle.

Near to the Ground Beetle was a 20 mm Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi).

On one end of the fallen tree was another Ground Beetle (Physodera eschscholtzii) feasting on a carcass of a beetle larva.

On the underside of the log were several of this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).

On another part of the tree was this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) grazing on a patch of white fungus.

Moving actively on the tree centimeters from the Fungus Weevil was a Fungus Beetle (Eurmorphus assamensis).

On another part of the tree was this 2 mm Darkling Beetle.

Hiding between two Bracket Fungus Mushrooms was a 5 mm Rove Beetle.

Moving on to another huge fallen tree, there were numerous of this 10 mm Darkling Beetles all over the entire length of the tree.

There were several of this 4 mm Ground Beetle running about on it.

Near to the Ground Beetle was a 5 mm female Fungus Beetle with two smaller 3 mm suitors.

Crawling at the side of the tree was this beetle larva which was very active, making it a challenge to photograph it.

There were several Bracket Fungus Mushrooms at the side of the tree and on it was this Pleasing  Fungus Beetle.

On the underside of the tree was this lone beetle larva, munching on the black colored fungus.

The last beetle on the fallen tree was this 25 mm Darkling Beetle resting motionlessly on it.

Time flew passed quickly and it was time to turn back, and at this point HW found this 15 mm Fungus Beetle resting on a leaf.

The last beetle for the trip was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle, found on one of the many Leea rubra plants that lined the paved walkway leading to the Venus Loop trail.

I am glad that we have decided to continue as planned as even though the sky looked like it was about to rain, it didn't rain at the end. The number of beetles found during the trip was considerably many as compared to several of my recent trips. Windsor Nature Park is indeed one of my favorite place for photographing beetles.

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