The month of June 2015 was very hot and dry which discouraged me to venture out for macro photography. I joined only two informal macro outings to Coastal Park Connector on 6 June and Windsor Green on 20 June led by my friends, Endy and Sharon respectively.
Coastal Park Connector is about 10 minutes walk from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. It was a beautiful sunny day with interesting clouds.
There were quite a number of Tawny Coster at the start of the trail. This butterfly species was first discovered in Singapore in September 2006. It was relatively easy to photograph them.
As we turned into the shaded walking path, there are ample greenery on both sides for us to explore.
We found this cooperative uncommon spider which I do not know the ID. I had seen it before but only once at Chestnut Avenue.
There were many little craters made by the larvae of Antlions. These are greyish brown creatures with an oversized head, spiny jaws, short legs, and a soft body covered in bristles. Antlion, as its name suggests, preys primary on ants. They are the “lions” among ants, so to speak!
We spotted more than a dozen of these little insects staying close together. They look like some kinds of shield bug numphs which none of us have sighted before. Here are five of them.
A pair of Spirobolid millipedes was found having a good time on some leaf litters. The non-stop movement of their hundred pair of legs was a pleasure to watch.
Windsor Green is an open field located alongside Venus Loop. As there is no specific trail, we walked along the side of the forested area. It was another hot morning but, fortunately, the tall trees provided us some shades for a while. The peaceful blue sky and beautiful moving white clouds helped to brighten the day!
We did not find a lot of subjects to photograph. After walking about 500 metres we soon reached a man-made stream where we found many skittish common dragonflies. Here is where I found a tiny lynx spider hiding under a Fringed Spiderflower (Purple Cleome).
Timothy sighted a pretty orange caterpillar with spiky hairs and shared it with us to photograph. Accordingly to butterfly guru S K Khew, it probably belongs to the Moth Circle.
Thereafter, we cut across towards Venus Loop. We spotted a number of Treehugger dragonflies here but I was more interested to shoot wild mushrooms found on a large fallen dead log.
These mushrooms look close to Filoboletus manipularis.
I hope July 2015 would be a more fruitful month for macro photography.