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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.

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