Posts Tagged 'backyard'

the forest skimmer

Posted by on 01 Apr 2011 | Category: photography, prakriti

Skimmers consists the largest dragonfly family. Many of them are brightly colored, and so is this forest skimmer (male). The fulvous forest skimmers are rusty colored, with transparent wing tips. The female looks similar, but with a dull brown shade.

Fulvous Forest Skimmer dragonfly, neurothemis fulvia

Click on the image above for a larger version, with the features on the wings visible.

Species: neurothemis fulvia Family: libellulidae
Common Name: Fulvous Forest Skimmer
Location: @ home, Kottayam, Kerala
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treehopper

Posted by on 28 Sep 2009 | Category: photography, prakriti

A treehopper. Have you seen one? Treehoppers of different species are everywhere, except may be the poles. So check for one next time you move around. They are relatives of the cicadas.
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perils of living in a city

Posted by on 09 Sep 2009 | Category: photography, prakriti

In a previous article, we talked about observing nature at the smaller end of the spectrum. Living temporarily in a city, we rarely have a chance to amuse ourselves on those miniscule wonders. Neither do we have a chance to see those animals at the larger end of the spectrum. There are some doves which we can watch from our window. That is all. That is the reason why the lion’s share of the nature photographs on this website are those which we had taken previously from our native place in Kerala, India. You must have also noticed that most of those photographs were taken at the backyards of our home! That is a stark difference of the quality of living, in these two different homes – the temporary one in a city (Bologna, Italy) – and the permanent one out of the city sprawls (in Kerala, India).
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captain’s wood snake

Posted by on 29 Aug 2009 | Category: photography, prakriti

We discovered this snake from under the ground while digging, the same time when this species was being named. That is, it was not known that such a species existed, taxonomically. It was in 2007 that we first found it, and it was the same year that David Gower and Jasmin Winkler from the Natural History Museum, London, published about the new species in a scientific journal.
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crab spiders and camouflage

Posted by on 29 Jul 2009 | Category: photography, prakriti

A crab spider (Thomisus sp. Family: Thomisidae) and a flower beetle @ home, Kerala. The Thomisdae, or Crab spiders are the masters of ambush and disguise. Some of them change their colors in tune to the surroundings, lie in wait, and leap on the unseeing insects. They are called crab spiders because of their crab-like appearance and sideways motion. They occur more commonly on plants, and sometimes under rocks. The family name thomisidae is derived from the Greek “thomis” meaning “a sting”.

a crab spider, Thomisus sp., and a flower beetle

The crab spider seems to be eyeballing the flower beetle and checking if it is potential food material 🙂

a crab spider, Thomisus sp., and a flower beetle

The flower beetles very often open the flower buds and eat the bud centres (see the image below). These bud centres contain the flower clustre in its primordial stage, which is a nutritious meal for the beetle. Probably the crab spider is aware of this and that could be the reason (?) it is staying near the flower bud in the first picture 🙂

I guess the plant in this picture is the zoomed in part of the cherry tree (see the cherry picking indian koel), with its budding leaves and flowers.

flower beetle eating the bud centre

Another crab spider waiting for its prey, between the “bushes” of a cockscomb (celosia cristata) flower.

thomisus pugilis spider and a bee

Date: 09-11 Sept 2005
Location: @ home, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Camera: Olympus C770UZ + MCON-40 Macro Lens

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