Part 2 of 2 - 20/3/2021: Blog #4: Short Walk at Cornwall Gardens

Despite having already had a good trip to Windsor Nature Park, I still decided to bring my camera to Cornwall Gardens in the hopes of catching some interesting bugs after dinner.


As we arrived slightly early, I took a quick 15 minute walk to the hill. The first critter that greeted me was this common moth, the Hubner's Wasp Moth, Amata huebneri. This species of moth is diurnal, which means it is active in the day.


Although it had rained not too long ago, the melastoma plants still looked pretty dead, and it was only after some thourough scanning that I found another common moth, Rhesala imparata.


After a few more minutes of not seeing anything, i decided to head back. Just before I reached the gates of the house, I caught sight of a flying insect which landed on a leaf. It turned out to be a lovely green. it is a type of Chironomid, better known as a non-biting midge. They are often mistaken as mosquitos, as some of their body features look similar without closer examination. This is the second time I have encountered this species of midge. However, before I could move slightly closer and get a clearer shot, it took off, and its green blended in with the environment, leaving me unable to relocate it.



 

After a sumptuous dinner, i set off once more for the hill, this time aiming in particular to cover the smallish fig tree in the middle of the field, to see if it holds anymore surprises. Again, there were many of these large scarab beetles. The original ID provided for this beetle was Phyllophaga sp, however, an expert corrected it to Miridiba sp, based on the carina on the frons.


There were also plenty of these Apogonia sp chafer beetles hanging out on the tree.


now at this point, I caught sight of a large 'bundle' hanging from the branch of the tree. It turned out to be a mating pair of the Miridiba chafer beetles! Unfortunately, they were taken by surprise when my camera flash went off, and dropped to the ground, feigning dead.



On an outstretched branch, another Apogonia chafer beetle was seen, however this one differs from the usual Apogonia I see in that it has a brownish purplish colouration on the elytra.



Yet another chafer beetle was hanging out on the leaves, this one probably Anomala sp.


Now this was where the surprise started. I started finding plenty of these tiny insects on the underside of the fig leaves. They were a challenge to photograph, as I had to contort my body to get a good shot of them. When I got home, they were identified by an expert the next day to be a type of Psylloid. Cool looking bugs!


When I was in the middle of photographing the Psylloids, I caught sight of some motion out of the corner of my eyes. When I turned around, it turned out to be a Green Lacewing! As if acting upon my wishes, it flew downwards and landed on a fungus coated stump of the tree. Look at those beautiful eyes!

After I had gotten this shot, I heard the car turning around the bend next to the hill, and I knew it was time to go. I reluctantly picked up my equipment, and headed to my car.


In conclusion, this short 'excursion' has proved to me that Cornwall Gardens still holds more secrets, and I will continue to bring my camera there in the hopes of finding even more interesting finds. It had been a mere 15 minutes spent on the second walk, yet I found plenty of interesting finds, without too much effort!


- Joshua Wong


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