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10/2017 – Windsor Nature Park, 4 November 2017 (T_204)

It was raining the night before and the cool night was so conducive to sleep. Nevertheless, glad that I’m able to lead an outing to Venus Drive (old name) again. It was probably more than 5 months since I last visited this place.

Nothing has change much except that another tree is being chopped down :(.

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These were flowers of a rubber tree, seldom see them at this level as most of the time they are found high up on the tree.

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Photo by Endy

Some subjects with water droplets.

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Ant by Anthony

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One of the common subject that can be found at VD, dragonflies.

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Dragonfly by Anthony

We expect to see many mushrooms and fungus in such a wet environment but there wasn’t many. Here’s one of them.

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Fungus by Allan

Spiders, spiders and spiders, many of them but mostly found without a prey.

 

 

Some other subjects photographed

Can you spot the frog (Copper-cheeked)?

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Friends in GOOD terms:

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Friends in BAD terms:

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Cricket & Katydid by Allan

Spotted by Endy, this got to be the “Star” of the day.

A very good size cricket, Gryllacris species. Interesting blue colouration on some part of its abdomen and legs.PB040181A

Gryllacris species, Cricket by Allan
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Gryllacris species, Cricket by Allan

This was the last subject we photographed before we called it a day at quarter passed 12 and stop for lunch.

Participants (5) : Kyaw Htay, Lee Yu Teng, Anthony Quek, Endy,  Allan Lee (trip leader)

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Posted by on November 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

09/2017 – Hindhede Walk, 14Oct2017 (T_203)

HW site01We explored another part of the Green Corridor near Hindhede Walk.

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Nature Pattern by Endy

ANTHONY QUEK - dragonfly close up

Dragonfly by Anthony Quek

DAVID YOW - robberfly n prey

Robberfly and prey by David Yow

TIMOTHY TAN - spider breakfast

Spider Breakfast by Timothy Tan

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A Blue Dragonfly by Timothy Tan

DAVID YOW - mating flies

Mating Flies by David Yow

KYAW HTAY - caterpillar

Caterpillar by Kyaw Htay

BEN Ee - butterfly

Butterfly by Ben Ee

ENDY - Skipper

Skipper by Endy

ENDY - fruiting fig tree

Fruiting Fig tree by Endy

KYAW HTAY - butterfly

Butterfly on fig by Kyaw Htay

CHOY KAH WAI - spider on snail

Spider & Snail by Choy Kah Wai

VICTOR ONG n KYAW HTAY - spiders

Red Spider by Victor Ong. Spider with Prey by Kyaw Htay

DAVID YOW - spider

Spider by David Yow

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We also explored a forested area nearby

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Tiger Moth by David Wong

ANTHONY QUEK - cricket ate flower

Cricket eating Flower by Anthony Quek

ANTHONY QUEK - caterpillar

Jewel of the Day by Anthony Quek

Blogging in progress . . .

Participants (12) : Ben Ee, Henry Tan, Dion Wong, David Yow, Choy Kah Wai, Kyaw Htay, Timothy Tan, David Wong, Victor Ong, Zaw Min Soe, Anthony Quek, Endy (trip leader)

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

08/2017 – Zhenghua Forest, 16 Sep 2017 (T_202)

I left my house at 6.30 am. Along the way from Jurong to Zhenghua, the sky was very cloudy and I received messages from participants that it was raining heavily with thunderstorm in the east as well as Yishun and Ang Mo Kio areas. A few asked whether the outing was on or not. I replied yes although I was not optimistic that it could proceed as planned. At 7 am, it was drizzling at Zhenghua and started to get heavier. To my surprise, all turned up except one.  We enjoyed our breakfast and nice chit-chat at the coffee shop near Kim San Leng for more than 2 hours!

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(Photo by Hwang Nian Huei)

The rain finally stopped at 9.15 am. We headed to our macro site, about 200 metres away from the coffee shop.

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There is a piece of greenery where we could find vegetables and various fruit trees probably planted by nearby residents.  Here is a White Mulberry tree full of fruits on it.  Do you know why it is called White Mulberry where their fruits when ripe are pink in colour?

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(White Mulberry)

There were quite a lot of ginger flowers and dragon fruits.

A few spiders were spotted including a Laglaise’s Garden Spider and a tiny lynx spider with prey.

Leaf-footed bug and katydid nymph used to be abundant here but we could only find a few.

Allan found a earwig, an insect not so commonly found in Singapore.

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(Earwig by Allan Lee)

Two different moth species were spotted too.

At 10.15 am, we headed towards the forested area and Allan found an interesting stick insect. Many insects use mimicry, a form of camouflage that entails acting like another object or organism. Few are more talented mimics than stick insects, which disguise themselves as twigs!

Robberflies are quite commonly found in the forest but this species, nicely captured by Allan & Sia, is not.

This is likely to be a Wood Boring Beetle. Let us know if it is not.

Wide-Jawed Viciria is a relatively large species of jumping spider. This is a handsome male with a wide long jaw.

Butterflies are so difficult to photograph but Kyaw Htay managed to shoot this beautiful common bluebottle.

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Due to the wet weather in the past two days, there were plenty of fungi on the forest floor.

A caterpillar with water droplets on its body caught our attention. Most of us took turns to have at least a shot with it.

After a fruitful day, we packed up at about 11.30 am. While on our way out, we saw a flying lizard. Only Kyaw Htay and Lester caught it on camera!

Participants : Catherine E, Henry Tan, Hwang Nian Huei, Kyaw Htay, Lester Koh, Sia Kian Teck, Allan Lee, Endy, Sharon S Lim, Anthony Quek (Trip Leader)

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

07/2017 – Dairy Farm Nature Park, 19 Aug 2017 (T_201)

After a 3-month break, we decided to visit Dairy Farm Nature Park (DFNP), one of our favourite macro sites.  I arrived DFNP at 7.05 am but to my surprise, the car park was already full!  We learnt that there is a new cycling track near DFNP which attracted many cyclists to park their cars very early here.  Anyway, after some time, those who drove managed to park their cars except Ben who had to park at the opposite heavy vehicle park.

While setting up our gears at the shelter, a Great Orange Awlet visited us.

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(Sia Kian Teck in action)

As it is quite a rare skipper, many of us did not mind to go low in order to get a good angle shot.

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(Great Orange Awlet by Kyaw Htay)

On our way walking towards the Wallace Trail, Seah who came much earlier, pointed to us a stick insect.

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(Stick Insect by Huang Nian Huei)

Due to the wet weather in the past one week, we found many mushrooms of various species growing on the forest floor.

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(Horsehair Parachutes by Anthony Quek)

Lester has a good eye for photography in that he has the ability to see beyond the first look.  When he looked at these mushrooms, he immediately spotted the interesting shadows which most people missed.  Very creative shots.

Seah who came before sunrise was fortunate to photograph these luminous mushrooms.  Aren’t they beautiful?

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(Luminous Mushrooms by Seah Tock Toh)

Spiders were plentiful.  Here are a pair of mating Striated tylorida and a spider having its breakfast.

Endy appeared to have a special interest in butterflies as the 3 photographs that he contributed are all flying beauties of nature.

Ben got a uncommon monkey grasshopper and Nian Huei a freshly moulted one, about 1 cm in size.  We have no idea how they got their unique nickname.   Someone suggested that because it has big eyes, lives around trees, and jumps!

Other subjects captured include Fungus beetle, Long-horned beetle, Caterpillar, Cicada, Katydid, etc.

Although this was a macro photography outing, Ben with his 180mm macro lens, managed to capture this cooperative Pin-striped Tit-babble!
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But the catch of the day had to be this amazing leaf insect.  Most of us have not seen such a strange insect before because it has an uncanny ability to “disappear” into the surroundings by mimicking leave. To further confuse predators, when the leaf insect walks, it rocks back and forth, to mimic a real leaf being blown by the wind!

Here is an short video showing the elegant movement of this fascinating creature!

We called it a day at 11.30 am and headed to Bukit Timah Food Centre to join Tony and Foong for lunch.

Participants : Ben Ee, Catherine, Choy Kah Wai, Dion Wong, Henry Tan, Hwang Nian Huei, Lester Koh, Kyaw Htay, Seah Tock Toh, Sia Kian Teck, Zaw minsoe, Endy, Anthony Quek (Trip Leader)

 
 

06/2017 – Mount Belumut, 27 & 28 May 2017 (T_200)

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Destination Stream, by Timothy Tan

Since the 1st outing  on 16Aug2008, iMOG has led a total 199 trips for nature Macrophotography. Amazingly, there were only 2 cancelled trips due to heavy rain. We have visited many different sites (although about 16 sites were lost due to development). We had a lot of fun in the outdoors taking photos and made many friends too.

All trip leaders were delighted to have organized so many trips and celebrated this great achievement by making iMOG T_200 a two days trip to Mount Belumut, Johor, Malaysia. It was also our very first overseas iMOG outing and the destination was site no. 80.

Due to accommodation constraints, this trip was not open for signing up. Only those who have shown great support to iMOG’s outings over the years and honoured guests were invited.

Below is the record of the outing:

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The group photo, by Tony Png

On the first day of outing, there were many Damselflies . . .

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A beautiful damselfly (Neurobasis chinensis, Male) in the stream by Allan Lee

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Metalic wings, by Allan Lee

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Close up reveals more beauty, by Allan Lee

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Mating pair, by Lim Chuan Kwee

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The female, by Lee Yan Leong

Other species . . .

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Damselfly, Heliocypha perforate, Male, by Lee Yan Leong

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Damselfly, Euphaea ochracea, Male, by Cai Yixiong

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Damselfly, Dysphaea dimidiata, Male, by Dion Wong

Among the rocks, there were green frogs . . .

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Green on back, by Henry Tan

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Side view of frog (ID?), by Lee Yan Leong

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Big big Eye, by Allan Lee. Can you see the photographer?

We went to our homestay lodge . . .

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This is the staying place,  by Tony Png

Near the homestay, sunbirds were nesting . . .

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Sunbirds’ nest, by Ben Ee

At night, we share some woderful iMOG stories together, then we went out to check the surroundings. We saw some cute sleeping birds, owl, and an interesting moth.

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A moth in night, by Lim Chuan Kwee

After a tiring day and night, we slept and looking forward to the next day.

On the 2nd day, we reached the stream early and checked the upper part of the stream. . .

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Rushing waters, by Lee Yan Leong

Some damselflies had just emerged . . .

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Left: Newly emerged, by Sharon SL.  Right:  Rhinagrion macrocephalum, by TM Seah

Dragonflies had emerged too . . .

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New to this world, by Anthony Quek

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Adult dragonfly (ID?), by TM Seah

At a glance there was nothing, upon closer examination, some “difficult to find toads” were there near the stream . . .

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Among the branch litter, by Endy

getting down further and we saw . . .

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The Toad (ID?), by Catherine E

It also blended well in wet environtment . . .

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Blend-in, by Allan Lee

Some Mayflies were seen too . . .

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Mayfly, by TM Seah

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Mayfly, by Allan Lee

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Mayfly Close up, by Lim Chuan Kwee

In the forested areas . . . we saw . . .

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Tiny red fungus, by Tony Png

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Looks like Lor bak, by Endy

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Bracket fungus, by Lim Chuan Kwee

Insects aplenty . . .

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Little brown grasshoper, by Lim Chuan Kwee

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Common Bluebottle, by Ben Ee

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Kohinoor, by Ben Ee

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Commander, by Ben Ee

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Cicada, by Allan Lee

Around noon, the sky was getting dark, it was going to rain.

We packed up and went for lunch . . .

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Luch time, by Tony Png

It was Deliiiciousss!!! With full tummy, we returned to Singapore.

At last but not least, we thanked the trip leader for the great effort for organizing the outing.

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Trip leader relaxing himself in the stream, by Endy

Blogging in progress . . .

Participants (16): Timothy Tan, Henry Tan, Dion Wong, Catherine E, Lim Chuan Kwee, Ben Ee, TM Seah, Lee Yan Leong, Geoffrey Davison, Anthony Quek, Allan Lee, Cai Yixiong, Endy, Hazel Han, Sharon SongLim, Tony Png (Trip leader)

 
 

05/2017 – Windsor Nature Park, 13 May 2017 (T_199)

I did a search in our blog and the last visit to Venus Drive was in October 2015! It was our trip #17 led by Anthony Quek.  Fast forward  two years later, this same location is now called Windsor Nature Park however, our playground namely Venus Loop remains unchanged and untouched.

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The park was opened by National Parks Board (NParks) on Saturday 22 April, with three new trails  including Drongo trail, Hanguana Trail and Squirrel Trail.  Instead of walking on the muddy ground, especially when it rains the night before, visitors can now walk on  the boardwalk.

All the participants gathered around at 730am for a quick briefing on the trail etiquettes (Do’s and Dont’s) before we explore the renovated park.  We did not remain on the boardwalk for long and quickly moved on to our macro photography site at Venus Loop.  We were delighted to still see a rich habitat of wildlife.

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Jumping spider by Dion

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Mating flies by Sia

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Common Flashwing Vestalis Amethystina by David Wong

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Assassin bug by Allan Lee

A marsh habitat was created using the natural terrain to provide an additional wetland habitat for the biodiversity. Here, a rich diversity of dragonflies can be seen.

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Dragonflies by Cathy

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Wasp by Allan Lee

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Copper-cheeked frog by Allan

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Hammerhead worm by David Wong

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Spiral ginger (Cheilocostus) by Sharon

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Robber Fly by Allan

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Chocolate pansy by David Wong

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Flat millipede by Cathy

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Skipper by Kyaw Htay

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Natural canopy by Endy

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by Allan Lee

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Fungus by Anthony Quek

A group of nature park enthusiast led by an English-speaking female guide had gathered around us.  The guide was explaining to them about the facts and habitat information on St Andrew’s Cross Spider.

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St Andrew’s cross spider by David Wong

The were also looking for the resident Malayan Colugo which they finally caught a glimpse of this beauty resting on the tree bark.

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Colugo by Allan Lee

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by David Wong

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Heliconia plant

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Rose Myrtle by Endy

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Beautiful water droplets by Endy

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Dragonfly by David Wong

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Moss on tree bark

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Treehugger (female) by Cathy

The trip ended in the late morning as it started to rain. A few participants left us a little earlier to have breakfast with their loved ones.  If you have missed our outing, do remember to join us next time.

Participants: Catherine, David Wong, KT Sia, Dion, Henry Tan, Latish, Kyaw Htay, Wong Heng Meng, Allan Lee, Anthony Quek, Endy and Sharon S. Lim (trip leader).

 

04/2017 – Bukit Batok East Avenue 2, 15 Apr 2017 (T_198)

Some participants were late, we waited for a while and moved on.

On the way, there was a big patch of fungus under a tree! So many of them!

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Fungus under a tree by Timothy Tan

Allan found something interesting.

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Hopper on fungus by Allan Lee

Among the brown fungus there were other little white fungus, too.

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Little White fungus by Endy

Close up by Allan shows an intriguing pattern!

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Fungi Pattern by Allan Lee

Then, we proceeded to the new site.

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Slug by Endy

Many species of slugs were busy doing their business. And there were also other creatures :

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Gilled mushroom by David Wong

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Nymph of planthopper by Henry Tan

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A Tiny Moth by David Wong

Many frogs were around a ponding water:

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Frog (top view) by Endy

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Frog (side view) by David Wong

Spiders were seen too:

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A Spider by Allan Lee

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Jumping Spider by David Wong

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Green eyed Spider by David Wong

On the way out, some beautiful fungus beetle and a beautiful cup fungus were spotted:

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Fungus Beetle by David Wong

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Cup Fungus (top view) by Timothy Tan

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Cup Fungus (side view) by Allan Lee

We completed the route by 11am and had a nice lunch together : )

See you in the next trip!

Participants (14): Sia KT, CP Syn, Timothy Tan, Foong Kham Tho, Phang Wai Keong, Henry Tan, Dion Wong, Linda Phua, Flor M Juera, Said Sulaiman, Samuel Dai, David Wong, Anthony Quek, Allan Lee, Endy (Trip leader)