The hazy condition persisted in October but there were more days with good quality air particularly towards the end of the month. I was able to venture out once a week visiting 4 different macro sites.
On 4 October, I dropped by Kampong Chantek Nature Trail. This was my 2nd visit since 22 August 2015. Possibly due to the prolonged unhealthy air condition, I couldn’t find any interesting bugs and insects. However, I had no complaints as I found some really appetising wild mushrooms! Here are 2 mushrooms which looked ordinary from the our naked eyes but when a small LED light was placed behind it, the lighting created a nice contrast, brought out the details and enhanced how delicate these mushrooms are. Nian Huei commented that it reminds him of a parasol!
As I moved further into the forest, a bigger cluster was spotted on a dead log.
This was a similar cluster nearby and I prefer this bottom up view revealing the beautiful underside of these mushrooms.
Whenever my friends are not available to join me and I have to shoot alone, I choose to visit Zhenghua Forest as it is not far from my house and it is relatively safer to photograph here. It is also an excellent site to take insects with water droplets such as this adult katydid and a nymph sharing a dewy perch.
Two bigger dew drops with a young katydid caught my attention and I decided to do a close-up shot.
It was a great day to show affection to your love ones as exhibited by these brightly coloured cotton stainer bugs.
How about offering your partner a lovely flower that she could not refuse.
Leaf-footed bugs go through five moults before becoming an adult. They are most vulnerable during the actual moulting which usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes. This was my first time witnessing a failed moulting disrupted by a predator, the lynx spider. An unusual moment of natural history.
On 17 October, Endy brought us to a new macro site at Kent Ridge Park. The main shooting ground was around a pond where different plants grow along the edge.
Dragonflies and damselflies are aquatic insects and naturally there were lots of them here.
Spiders were plentiful too such as this multi-coloured St. Andrew’s Cross Spider having a leaf hopper as breakfast.
But I was most happy when someone spotted a shield bug. This was an adult Pycanum rubens of about 3 cm long.
It was really great to find two beautiful red nymphs on a young Simpoh air, their host plant, as I had not seen them since November 2011!
In summary, it was another fruitful month of macro photography.