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Friday, 22 September 2017

Day Trip To St John's Island (22 Sep 2017)

After reading a report on the first records of the Pachyteria dimidiata Long Horned Beetle found on St John's Island, I have been wanting to go to the island to see if I could snap a photograph of it. I finally found the opportunity to go there today. It is easily three decades that I last set foot on the island and much have changed on the island. At the same time, I was not hopeful that I will find many beetles as the island is not very big (about 40.5 hectare).

The first beetle was a Tiger Beetle (Cicindela aurulenta) found along the way to the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre. There were many of them running and flying around the path leading to the centre. I am not surprised to find Tiger Beetle here as the ground consists mostly of sandy patches where this type of Tiger Beetle loves.

I was focusing on looking for beetles that I totally missed the signage that points to the centre, and ended up at the adjacent research centre which is not opened to the public. While I was trying to look for the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre at the wrong location, I was pleasantly surprised to find this 40 mm Chafer Beetle (Lepidiota stigma) on a step of a staircase. Initially I was not sure what beetle it is due to the brown "discoloration" of the beetle. I later realized that it is a brown-version of the Lepidiota stigma Chafer Beetle from the distinct two white spots near the end of its elytra.

Apart from the Lepidiota stigma Chafer Beetle there was no beetle in sight. I guessed that it is because of the hot weather. Going back to the beach area, I was sadden to find this 20 mm crushed beetle. It looked like a Chafer Beetle but I was not able to identify it as it was badly damaged.

The tide was rising and hence there was only a small stretch of beach. I intentionally go to the beach because I was hoping to find a type of Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sumatrensis) that are often seen at the beach. I have been wanting to snap a good photograph of it but were not successful because of its hyper-active running and flying around. For this trip, I am glad that I finally able to photograph it using my zoom lens. This beetle is about 15 mm in size.

While photographing the Cicindela sumatrensis Tiger Beetles, I was thrilled to find a smaller 10 mm first-time-encountered Tiger Beetle (Lophyra fuliginosa) running around the beach. Owning to its smaller size and hyper-activeness, it was quite a challenge trying to photograph it.

It was almost time to catch the ferry departing from the island (2.45 pm for weekdays), I was surprised to find this first-time-encountered 3 mm beetle scurrying on the patch of sandy ground that I was waiting to board the ferry. I am not sure what type of beetle it is.

The ferry had a 1-hour stop-over at the Kusu Island before returning to main land Singapore, and so I decided to go around the island to see if I can find any beetles. For those who does not know about Kusu Island, this island is significantly smaller than St John's Island (about 8.5 hectare). Walking around, I was surprised to find this small 15 mm Long Horned Beetle (Coptops annulipes) on a blade of the Mangrove Fan Palm (Licuala spinosa). Pardon the badly taken photograph as it was at a rather odd angle.

Although the number of beetles found on this trip was small, I am glad to be able to photograph the Cicindela sumatrensis Tiger Beetles and found two first-time-encountered beetles. This trip has inspired me to do a trip on beetles around the beach area, and hopefully it will be sometime soon. Although I didn't managed to find the Pachyteria dimidiata Long Horned Beetle, the trip was still considered fruitful.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Flew In Visitors (16 Sep 2017)

It rained the night before and also in the morning, so I have to give my weekly macro photography session a miss. To keep the blog going, I decided to do another of the flew-in beetles post.

 This small 2 mm beetle flew in one afternoon. It looked like a Cigarette Beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) but I cannot confirm its identity.

Another flew-in beetle was a commonly encountered Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis). It flew into the house just when it started to rain outside.

The last flew-in beetle was a Broad Snout Weevil found at a car park nearby.

Just like previous time, I am confident that there will be more fly-in beetles in the future.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Night Walk At Old Upper Thomson Road ( 08 Sep 2017)

It has been a long while since I last walked the Old Upper Thomson Road and hence I decided to go there for the night's walk. When I reached the place, I was rather disappointed because the vegetation at the place were soaking wet with rain. It must have rained very heavily in the late afternoon. Nevertheless since I am already there, I decided to continue with the trip.

Here's an interesting critter that I came across during the trip. The insect look like a Stick Insect but upon closer examination, it looked like a Praying Mantis. This is the first time I encounter this and am not sure what it is. It looked very much like a Stick Mantis. Not sure if this is a juvenile or adult specimen as it is only about 15 mm in length.

I was not hopeful to be able to find any beetles on this trip because of the rain, but I was pleasantly surprised to be able to find this small 2 mm Darkling Beetle near the base of a large tree.

Near to the Darkling Beetle was another larger 10 mm Darkling Beetle, taking shelter in a crevice in the tree trunk.

Moving on I found this muddy looking Chafer Beetle (Apogonia expeditionis) feeding on a leaf.

Walking along the road, I chanced upon a spot where there were a number of fallen trees. On one of the fallen trees was this Darkling Beetle.

On a tree stump nearby was this Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis). This is also where the Stick Mantis was found.

Next to the tree stump was a thin vine where two of this 3 mm beetle (Hyberis araneiformis). Notice the small mites that infested the beetle.

A stone's throw away was a Darkling Beetle (Ceropria superba) on a fallen log.

High up a small tree nearby was this small beetle larva.

On a rotting log next to the tree was this small 2 mm beetle (likely Darkling Beetle).

On another fallen tree branch was several of this lovely patterned Darkling Beetles.

High up another tree was a 5 mm Fungus Weevil. As it was high up on the tree, I was only able to photograph it from its rear.

This sole Darkling Beetle was found on a rotting log near to the Fungus Weevil.

On another tree was this roundish 5 mm Darkling Beetle.

The highlight of the trip was the encounter with this Fungus Beetle (Spathomeles rizali), found under a fallen tree.

A few meters from the Fungus Beetle was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle found on a small tree.

The last beetle for the trip was this Fungus Weevil (Habrissus omadioides).

As expected, the trip was not too fruitful due to the rain but it holds potential that more beetles would be found if the weather is not so wet.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Morning Walk At Windsor Nature Park (01 Sep 2017)

It was almost 10 months since I last walked Windsor Nature Park (aka Venus Drive) in the morning, so taking the opportunity of a Public Holiday I decided to take a walk there. Learning from my last trip to the place on Public Holiday where the car park was packed full, I planned to reach the park by 7.30 am. Fortunately when I reached the place, the car park was only 3/4 full. I was mentally prepared for hordes of people at the place and sure enough the place looked more like a bazaar than a park.

Here's a photograph of an interesting golden color jumping spider.

The first beetle for the trip was a treat, a 3 mm first-time-encountered Jewel Beetle moving restlessly on  a blade of grass.

Near to the Jewel Beetle were several Ant Beetle (Anthelephila cyanea) under the leaves of some Elephant Ear Plants.

A short distance away, I was glad to find this lovely Ladybird Beetle (Illeis koebelei).

Surprisingly, there were quite a number of this small 3 mm Weevil Beetle (Demimaea bakeri).

Coming to a small dying tree, I was able to find this small 5 mm Fungus Weevil (Habrissus omadioides).

Moving to a short dead tree stump, I was thrilled to find this "long-time-no-see" 5 mm Shiny Fungus Beetle under a large bracket fungus.

Near to the Shiny Fungus Beetle was a Rove Beetle.

Just millimeters from the Shiny Fungus Beetle was another smaller 3 mm Shiny Fungus Beetle.

Moving further down the trail, there were several of this active Tumbling Flower Beetle (Glipa malaccana) flying around a patch of ferns and Singapore Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum).

On one of the Singapore Rhododendron plant were several of this Leaf Beetle (Argopus brevis).

Coming to a fallen tree, I was glad to be able to find two of this Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Triplatoma gestroi).

On the same tree were two of highly active Tiger Beetle (Cicindela chrysippe) running around the fallen tree.

Moving further into the trail, a 3 mm first-time-encountered Click Beetle was found on a leaf.

Moving along, I was happy to find some beetle larvae at the base of a small tree. Finding beetle larvae shows that the beetle population at the place is doing well.

On a dead tree stump by the side of the trail was a small fungus mushroom where several of this 3 mm Sap Beetle were feeding.

Here's a close up of one of the Sap Beetles.

On a rubber tree leaf near by was this 3 mm Red-headed Tumbling Flower Beetle (Mordellistena cervicalis).

On a white fungus mushroom on the side of a small tree stump was this 1 mm beetle. Not sure what beetle is it.

Coming to another fallen tree and on a small plant next to the fallen tree were several of this 3 mm first-time-encountered Fungus Beetle.

The surprise for the trip was this "long-time-no-see" Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus politus).

On the same tree was this small beetle larvae.

Moving deeper into the trail, I was glad to find this lone Fungus Beetle (Eumorphus mirus) on small tree.

Not sure if it was because of the time of the day or the weather, there seemed to be a number of this beetle encountered. This beetle looked like a Net-winged Beetle but I am not sure if it is as it lacks the typical netting patterns of a Net-winged Beetle (thus the name). Some has identified it as a Firefly Beetle on the internet, but I am doubtful about it being a Firefly Beetle as its abdomen seemed to be lacking the bioluminescence "segment". If you know the identity of this beetle, do comment below. Thanx.

By the side of the trail, I was surprised to find this 2 mm first-time-encountered Pintail Beetle.

The highlight for the trip was the encounter of this beautiful Long Horned Beetle (Chloridolum cinnyris). I may have previous wrongly identify this as Chloridolum thomsoni Long Horned Beetle. This looks very much like the Chloridolum thomsoni Long Horned Beetle, except for the two spots on the pronotum.

Moving on, I was once again thrilled to find this Tiger Beetle (Therates dimidiatus) which I have not encounter for a long while.

Another treat for the trip was the encounter of this Long Horned Beetle (Sclethrus malayanus). While trying to verify the identity of this beetle, I realized that I may have misidentified this beetle in my past posts as Sclethrus amoenus, which apparently does not occur in our region.

It was a rather warm day and I was just about to wipe off my perspiration with my towel that I found this Ladybird Beetle larvae crawling on my towel. I gently moved it onto a leave and it rested in this position after moving around the leaf for a while.

At this point in time I am at the path where there are high human traffic, mostly heading towards the Tree Top Walk. Because of the high human traffic along this trail, I was not expecting to find many beetles. To my surprise, I found this bronze colored Leaf Beetle (Graphops curtipennis) on a small plant.

As expected, not a single beetle encountered after a while of walking until I came to a dead tree stump. It was not an easy task photographing along this part of the trail as I will have to frequently answer to curious passerby on what am I photographing. On the tree stump were several of this Fungus Beetle.

On the same tree stump were several of this Shiny Fungus Beetle.

Interestingly although there were not too many beetles on the tree stump, there were many of this beetle larvae on it.

More walking without finding any other beetles until I encountered this 5 mm Net-winged Beetle. It was half dead when I found it and I was wondering why, until I saw the fine spider web when I was preparing the photographs for this post. It was probably stuck to the leaf and was baking under the hot sun.

I am glad to have made the trip as it was a fruitful trip with several first-time-encountered beetles, and also encountering several "long-time-no-see" beetles. I am also happy with the new camera setup as the photographs turned out to be of my liking. Wonderful trip indeed!