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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Night Walk At Windsor Nature Park (12 Apr 2019)

The weather in Singapore seemed to be back to normal with regular rain and sunshine through the week. Taking advantage of the nice weather, HW and I decided to go to our favorite beetle "hunting" ground ~ Windsor Nature Park.

Here's a photograph of a Lichen Moth pupa on a small tree.

The first beetle for the trip was a Ground Beetle (Onypterygia longispinis).

The trip start off slow until HW found one of my favorite beetles ~ Leaf Beetle (Hemipyxis semivieridis).

Near to the Leaf Beetle was a small tree with several of this 1 mm Darkling Beetles on it.

Further down the trail was this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

Next to the Apogonia expeditionis Chafer Beetle was another Chafer Beetle.

On a small tree nearby was this 1 mm Fungus Beetle.

Coming to a sandy spot along the trail, several of this commonly encountered Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) were found on a small plant.

Along the trail were several fallen logs and I am glad to find a large number of this beetle larvae.

On the same log was this lone Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis).

On the end of the fallen log was this 4 mm Ground Beetle.

A stone's throw away was a huge fallen log where many orange color fungus mushrooms were growing on it. Hiding among the fungus mushrooms were several of this 5 mm Rove Beetle.

Along the huge fallen tree were a number of bracket fungus mushrooms, and under one of them was this Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Micrencaustes lunulata).

On the same log was this Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba).

Under the same log was this pregnant looking Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi).

Still on the same log was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus politus).

Moving on to another fallen log, a commonly encountered 10 mm Darkling Beetle.

Next to the fallen log on the ground litters was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle. You can usually find this type of beetle on the ground litters.

On a small fallen log that lined the trail was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus quadriguttatus quadriguttatus)

The highlight of the trip was the encounter of this 3 mm Sap Beetle on a small fallen tree.

On the same log was this 3 mm Click Beetle hiding in a small crevice in the tree bark.

HW's keen eye has once again found a lovely Ladybird Beetle (Illeis koebelei) under a leaf.

On a small bush along the trail was this 8 mm Click Beetle.

Coming to another fallen log and near the underside of the log was this female Fungus Weevil (Anthribus wallacei). It is easy to differentiate the female from the male for this species as the female beetle has much shorter antennae as compared to the male.

On the same log was a long-time-no-see 5 mm Checkered Beetle.

On another fallen log nearby was this 4 mm "ball" ~ Martinezostes sp. This is a rare shot as most of the time I only get to photograph it from the top and not on the side.

Near to the turn back point, I was thrilled to find a fallen log crawling with many of this lovely looking beetle larvae.

Another type of beetle larvae on the same log.

On the same log with the beetle larvae was this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).

Near to the fallen log was another huge fallen tree where several of this interesting looking beetle (Hyberis araneiformis) were found. Its camouflage is so good that you would not be able to spot it unless it move.

Another Fungus Beetle (Epsicapha quadrimacula) found on the same log.

Running along the tree log was this 4 mm Ground Beetle (Pericalus tetrastigma). This looks like the earlier Ground Beetle encountered, except for the subtle difference in the shape of the dots.

Hiding on the underside of the log was a 3 mm Fungus Weevil.

Staying motionless on a dead leaf on top of the fallen log was this 5 mm Weevil Beetle that blended perfectly to its background.

The last beetle for the trip was a Darkling Beetle (Strongylium erythrocephalum) on a fallen log nearby.

This trip was very fruitful even though the place was much drier than expected, with about 30+ different beetles encountered. Windsor Nature Park is still my favorite place for beetle "hunting".

Friday, 5 April 2019

Night Walk At Dairy Farm Nature Park (05 Apr 2019)

The weather for the week was surprisingly wet, having thunder storms for a good few days. Today the sky was overcast and there were reports of heavy rain in some part of Singapore. For this week's night macro photography session, I decided to go to the Dairy Farm Nature Park.

My original plan was to go to the usual Wallace Trail for the session, but changed at the very last minute to explore a trail that I seldom go. The vegetation at the trail was very wet, an indication that it just rained a short while ago. Not deterred I decided to press on with the trip, knowing that the chances of finding any beetles will be very slim.

Along the trail was a small "pond" which more like a big puddle of water where there were a dozens of this small backswimmers.

To my pleasant surprise, I found a small 8 mm Water Beetle (Diplonychus rusticus) resting at the side of the "pond".

After walking for a while without finding any beetles or critters, this lone Chafer Beetle was a welcomed sight.

Walking further down the trail, there was a patch of badly eaten Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum) where dozens of this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) were found.

More walking before finding this lone Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) having its dinner.

Coming to a small fallen tree, I was surprised to find this 10 mm Darkling Beetle (Ceropria induta).

The last beetle for the trip was another Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba) on another fallen tree.

Although the number of beetles encountered on this trip was miserable as compared to many of my trips, the encountering of the Water Beetle made the trip worth the while. Will definitely go back to this trail when the weather is better.