First Blog! Night Walk at Cornwall Gardens and a Mass Invasion - 14/3/2021

Since this week is the start of the school holidays, I decided to follow my parents to Cornwall Gardens for dinner, and to check out the usual haunts for insects in the area.



This is a map of the area. The Black Cross marks 'The Hill', a place I will explain more about later.



After a delicious dinner,

I set off for 'The Hill', a small field with a slope leading up to it, and lush vegetation lining one end. But before that, I stopped to check the garage for insects which had flown in attracted to the lights.


Here's a tiny 2mm insect, belonging to the Gall and Forest Midge family, resting on one of the walls of the garage.


A 5mm Curved-horn Moth was also seen clinging to the wall next to our car


Upon closer inspection, what seemed to be a small brown blob turned out to be this small queen ant of an unidentified species


Lastly, I found a Ricaniid Planthopper resting on our car. It was time for the night walk to begin.



 

On the road to 'The Hill', I came across this Golden Hunstman Spider (Olios sp.) Which promptly fled into its 'house' made of leaves after I had taken a few shots of it! What a find!


Moving on, I saw a few chafer beetles, but they were in extremely awkard positiomns to photograph, so I left them alone.


Reaching 'The Hill', I encountered several of these Rhesala sp. Moths. They are a common sight around this area. This one had slightly tattered wings, but I couldn't get a good shot of the others present, as they took off upon seeing the beam of my torchlight.


Upon reaching the Melastoma plants, there was a big group of these Dolichoderus thoracicus ants gathered around the fruits of the plants.


There were plenty of these commonly encountered Adoretus Compressus chafer beetles. These beetles belong to the Scarab beetle family. I found a few pairs of them mating.


Now this was where the big surprise started. Upon reaching a small lone tree next to the Tapioca Plants at the area, I was shocked to see this huge 30mm Chafer Beetle, Phyllophaga sp. Previously, I have never seen these at the area, and have only occasionally encountered a few fly-in visitors. here are a few shots, showing the different angles.





Now This was where the invasion started. Coming to a relatively small Ficus sp. Fig tree next to the wall of lush vegetation, I was amazed to see them everywhere, on almost every single leaf of the tree. Thus, this 'invasion' inspired the name of this entry. Some were very high up in the tree...




...While others where much more obliging like this one. This one was seen in a similar tree just 20 metres or so away from the previously mentioned Fig Tree.


The gallery continues...




Finally, on the second tree, I encountered this regular Shining Leaf Chafer, Anomalla sp. The wind was blowing quite strongly, and as a result, the photo is slightly blurred, as can be seen.


At this point, it was getting late, and time to head home, so I reluctantly left the place, with high hopes for next week, when I visit my regular haunt again!

- Joshua Wong

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