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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Flew In Visitors (19 May 2019)

I was busy during this period of time and hence was not able to go for my weekly macro photography sessions. Notwithstanding, I decided to do another "Fly-in" post for this year.

 The first beetle for this post flew into my living room one night, probably attracted by the florescent lights. It was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Anomala variegata).

The next flew-in  beetle was a surprise find as I found it crawling on the floor one night, thinking that it was a Darkling Beetle. Upon closer look, I am pleasantly surprised to find that it is a first-time-encountered beetle, probably a Ground Beetle.

As in previous "fly-in" posts, there will be more of such in time to come.

Friday, 3 May 2019

A Walk At Pasir Ris Park (26 Apr 2019)

The weather was exceptionally wet today but HW and I decided to proceed to Pasir Ris Park as planned. For this trip, we decided to go to a part of Pasir Ris Park that we have not been before.

Here's a photograph of an interesting looking spider found during the trip. I particularly like the jelly-like thorax of the spider.

The first beetle for the trip was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle on a small tree.

Coming to a patch of Beach Morning Glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae), a number of this 5 mm Leaf Beetles were found resting on it.

Near to the Leaf Beetle was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

A stone's throw away was this 10 mm Chafer Beetle hiding in a low bush.

After some walking without finding any beetles, we decided to go back to a familiar part of the park where a colony of this commonly encountered Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) can be found.

Hiding under a leaf was a 3 mm first-time-encounter Flea Beetle.

The last beetle for the trip was also the highlight of the trip - a first-time-encountered female Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes gideon). This type of beetle used to be pretty common years ago but sadly it has become rather rare nowadays.

Although the number of beetles encountered on this trip was miserably low due to the wet weather, the trip was considered fruitful given the encounter with two first-time-encountered beetles.