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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Morning Walk At Punggol Promenade Nature Walk (24 Feb 2018)

It was more than 2 months since I last visited the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk so I decided to go there for a morning macro-shoot session. Here's an interesting "find" at the place:

To my great dismay, what used to be lush vegetation is now full of dead brown tree branches and plants. The place has became muddy and undulated, crisscrossed with bulldozer tracks. It seemed like the place is also slated for development.

The only plant that survived the bulldozer rampage were these Thai Pea Eggplant (Solanum torvum) growing in many spots at the place. To my surprise there were many Ladybird Beetles on them.

On one of the Thai Pea Eggplants was this 8 mm Ladybird Beetle. I am not sure of its identity but it looked very much like the Epilachna indica Ladybird Beetle but differs in the distance between the spots at the center of its elytra.

Near the end of the "trail" was this Henosepilachna implicata Ladybird Beetle on a creeper on the ground.

The trip was a total washout and more disheartening is the destruction of the habitat for residential development. Guessed that I will no longer able to come here for my macro-photography with the intensive development work that has overtaken the place. With all these development, I think a rename of the place is in order since all the nature have been taken out from the "nature walk".

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Morning Walk At Windsor Nature Park (10 Feb 2018)

It has been almost 1.5 months since my last trip, mostly due to the wet weather on my usual macro session on Friday nights. I happened to be free in the morning and so I seized the opportunity and headed for Windsor Nature Park.

Here's a photograph of an interesting looking fly encountered at the place.

When I reached the place, I was dismal to see that Air Potato Plants of various sizes have overran the place, covering not only the low vegetation but also up on the trees. In no time NPark will have to rename the Windsor Nature Park to Air Potato Park if no actions are taken in the near future. Hopefully NPark will do something about this before all the local flora succumbed to this aggressive invasion, leading to the demise of the fauna that depend on the local flora to survive.

The first beetle for the trip was a pleasant surprise - a 10 mm Fire Fly (Pteroptyx valida). It is the first time that I encountered this at Windsor Nature Park.

Near to the Fire Fly was a Ant-like Flower Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea) found under a Elephant Ear leaf.

There were a number of fallen trees and on one of these fallen trees was this first-time-encountered Fungus Weevil (Acorynus parvulus).

On a tree near by were several beetle larvae.

Under a large leaf was this Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus mirus) resting motionlessly.

Coming to a small patch of Singapore Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum) was this lovely Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

There were several "snow trees" along the side of the trail and this 10 mm Fungus Beetle was found on a small leaf next to one of these "snow trees".

A stone's throw away was a large 15 mm Net-winged Beetle (Dictyoptera aurora) resting on a leaf.

Near to the Net-winged Beetle was another beetle that looked like a Net-winged Beetle. I have been trying to identify this beetle but to no avail.

Moving on, I was so thrilled to find this 8 mm first-time-encountered Net-winged Beetle crawling along the stem and leaves of this low plant.

Moving further down the trip, I was once again thrilled to find this 10 mm first-time-encountered Leaf Beetle. I particularly like the orange-black coloration of this beetle.

Time passed by quickly and I reached a patch of low grass where this 1 mm first-time-encountered Leaf Beetle was resting on.

At this point in time, I am on the board-walk where this Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes) was found on the side of the small tree next to the board-walk.

The last beetle for the day was this 1 mm Darkling Beetle.

This was a successful trip with 4 first-time-encountered beetles. This was especially exciting since I have not done any macro photography for a while. Indeed Windsor Nature Park has never disappointed me as it would yield beetles regardless of the weather.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Short Night Walk At Lower Peirce Reservoir Park (29 Dec 2017)

As I needed to run some errands in the later part of the night, my macro-photography session for the night was shorter than usual. Owing to the limited time, I decided to go to Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. The place was slightly wet with many parts of my usual route being muddy. Here's an interested wasp found at the place.

The first beetle was a 20 mm Darkling Beetle (Eucyrtus anthracinus) found among a woodpile near to the start of my usual route.

In the same woodpile was this skittish Ground Beetle (Dolihoctis striata) that promptly disappeared into the wood crevices after one photograph shot.

Near to the woodpile was a patch of low Clidemia hirta plants where several of this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Adoretus compressus) were found.

Coming to another woodpile, I am glad to find this 20 mm Darkling Beetle.

Nearby at the base of a small tree was another Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes).

Not too far from the Darkling Beetle was a fallen log with several of this small beetle larvae.

A short distance away from the beetle larvae were several of this commonly encountered Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta).

On a nearby fallen tree trunk were several fungus mushroom and on one of the fungus mushrooms was this lone 4 mm Fungus Beetle.

Just centimeters away from the Fungus Beetle was a first-time-encountered Pleasing Fungus Beetle. At a cursory glance, it looked like the Micrencaustes lunulata Pleasing Fungus Beetle but differs upon closer comparison of the patterns on the elytra.

A stone's throw away from the Pleasing Fungus Beetle was a small 5 mm Fungus Beetle (Amblyopus vittatus) resting on a leaf.

Time passed by quickly and it was about time to call it a day. Just then this 4 mm Leaf Beetle came into sight.

The last beetle for the trip was this commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) on a blade of grass.

Although this was a very short trip, it was surprisingly fruitful especially for the first-time-encountered Pleasing Fungus Beetle. Hopefully the next trip to the place will be as fruitful.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Short Morning Walk At Lower Peirce Reservoir (09 Dec 2017)

I was running some errands around Upper Thomson Road and had some in between time, so I decided to go to the Lower Peirce Reservoir for a short macro-photography session. I was not expecting much from the session as I only have about an hour plus there.

Here's a photograph of a commonly encountered True Bug which many people wrongly identified it as a beetle.

The first beetle for the trip was a 2 mm Lady Bird (Cryptogonus orbiculus).

A stone's throw away was a 4 mm Leaf Beetle (Graphops curtipennis).

There were not many critters encountered possibly because of the overcast sky which looked like it would rain any time soon. After a while of walking, I found this 5 mm Leaf Beetle (Colasposoma auripenne) hiding under some shade.

Coming to some Ixora plants, I was surprised to find this lovely Leaf Beetle on it.

An hour passed by quickly and it was time to go. Just then this lone Fungus Beetle was found on a fallen log next to the trail.

Although only a few beetles were encountered during this trip, it was still considered a good trip as it could have been worse, given that we are now in the monsoon season.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Night Walk At Punggol Promenade Nature Walk (30 Nov 2017)

Today is Thursday and I happened to be free in the night, and so I decided to take a walk at the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, taking advantage of the exceptionally fine weather. It has been raining almost daily through the week and so having a rain-less day is such a rarity during the monsoon season.

I was thrilled to encounter a 30 cm baby Black Spitting Cobra (Naja sumatrana) during the trip. While searching for beetles among the low bushes, I saw a black tail moving slowly into the bushes. There are not many terrestrial snakes in Singapore that are black in color, and so my first thought was that it can either be a Black Spitting Cobra (Naja sumatrana), Pink-headed Reed Snake (Calamaria schlegeli) or Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor). For those who are not familiar with snakes, the Reed Snake and Sunbeam Snake are non-venomous.

To get to the bottom of it, I gently pulled on its tail and got it out into the open. As I am aware that the snake can be a cobra, I was extra careful when I was handling it. A word of caution - please do not do what I have done as there is a high chance of being bitten if you don't know how to handle snakes or understand their behaviors. Regardless of whether it is a venomous or non-venomous snake, they all bite! It is only how readily they will bite when handled. Therefore, the best thing to do when you encounter a snake is to leave it alone and make a detour around it.

The first beetle for the trip was a pleasant surprise - a 10 mm Net-winged Beetle. I always like the bright coloration of the Net-winged Beetle.

Next to the Net-winged Beetle was a dark brown Chafer Beetle.

Further down the path was another commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis).

Near to the Chafer Beetle was a 5 mm Ladybird Beetle (Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata).

Next to the Ladybird Beetle was a small fallen tree and on it was a lone 3 mm Darkling Beetle. The interesting thing about this beetle is the orange pattern on its elytra which is normally red in color. This is likely because it has emerged from a pupa not too long. 

Just a short walk from the Darkling Beetle was another surprise - a 10 mm Net-winged Beetle (Lycostomus porphyrophorus) on a blade of grass.

Less than a meter from the Net-winged Beetle was another Ladybird Beetle (Henosepilachna implicata).

Near to the Ladybird Beetle was a beetle pupa, likely that of a Ladybird Beetle.

The spot that I was at was exceptionally productive and I am happy to find this 5 mm Leaf Beetle.

The highlight of the trip was the encounter with this first-time-encountered 5 mm Fungus Beetle on a blade of grass just centimeter from the Leaf Beetle.

Nearby was a small Ladybird Beetle larvae on the underside of a leaf.

Time passed by quickly and it was almost time to call it a day. Just then I found this 20 mm Click Beetle. I cannot be sure but it looked like a Pectocera babai Click Beetle.

The last beetle of the trip was a lovely orange color Leaf Beetle resting on a blade of grass.

The trip was surprisingly fruitful even though the place is undergoing massive housing development. I guessed that I will frequent this place more often before all these nature spots are gone forever.