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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Afternoon Walk At Windsor Nature Park (16 Feb 2019)

The weather for the past few weeks have been extremely dry with very little rainfall. This is not a good thing as plants started to wither and die, and with them the critters that feed on them. My friend HW and I were at the Lentor Avenue the night before and the trip was a total wash-out as we didn't come across any beetles at all. This was so different from last week where we still managed to find a few beetles despite the dry weather.

I happened to be free in the afternoon and decided to give Windsor Nature Park a try as from past experience, the place would still be fruitful regardless of the weather. When I reached the place, my heart sank as the place was drier than expected. This reminded me of the extreme dry spell around February/March of 2014, where it didn't rain for weeks in Singapore.

Here's a photograph of the place, you can see how dry the place by looking at the leave litters on the ground.

Here's a photograph of a lovely looking Katydid that I encountered during the trip.

I do not know the reason but it could possibly due to the dying out of the ground covers and low bushes as I was able to find the Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) at several locations during this trip.

The first beetle encountered was the commonly encountered Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) found at an open area. Notice how dry was the ground.

Sadly after walking for nearly 2 hours, I was not able to find any beetles. It was at the end of the trip that I found this Tiger Beetle (Cylindera versicolor) on a log. It was also the last beetle encountered for this trip.

The trip was a wash-out but it was not unexpected due to the extremely dry weather, and at the same time it was in the afternoon. From my experience, the chances of finding beetle in the afternoon is very low. Hoped the rain would come soon and we don't experience another dry spell as in 2014.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Recce Trip to Lentor Avenue (08 Feb 2019)

For this week, my friend HW and I decided to recce the Lentor Avenue for future macro-photography sessions. As this was the first time that we were there, we did not know what to expect.

The weather for this week has been dry and it can be clearly seen  from the limpy and dried plants at the place. There were not many critters encountered due to the dry weather. Here's a photograph of an Oriental Whip Snake(Ahaetulla prasina) encountered during the trip.

The first beetle for the trip was a 20 mm Darkling Beetle hiding in a crevice of a large tree.

Like in previous trips, these 2 mm Darkling Beetles were found in large numbers on trees.From the shriveled up moss you can easily tell how dry the place was.

The surprise find for the trip was this diurnal Tiger Beetle (Therates dimidiatus) resting on a leaf. This beetle was too alert and only a few shots were taken before it promptly flying away into the bushes.

The next beetle was a 8 mm Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) found at the base of a small tree.

The highlight of the trip was a first-time-encountered Fungus Beetle (Stenotarsus militaris) found under a white bracket mushroom.

Near to the Fungus Beetle was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle in the crevice of a small tree.

Further down the trail was a patch of Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) plants where several of this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) were found.

Another surprise find during the trip was this 3 mm Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea) found under a leaf of a tall bush.

The last beetle for the trip was a small 5 mm Leaf Beetle.

The recce trip was considered to be successful as we managed to find a number of beetles despite the dry weather and us being distracted to move onto a Park Connector Network. We should be returning to the place for future macro photography  sessions.