Posts Tagged 'camouflage'

the lemon emigrant

Posted by on 16 Mar 2011 | Category: photography, prakriti

lemon emigrant butterfly, western ghats

It is lemony, and it is a migrant. Migration could be one of its strategy to deal with adverse seasonal changes, like the tropical rainfall. It also exhibits seasonal dimorphism: dark yellow colors(form crocale) in wet summer season and pale yellow colors (form pomane) in dry winter season. It is one of the mechanisms by which insects cop up with adverse seasonal changes. It could be either to adjust body temperature and metabolic rate or as a means for better camouflage.
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the time keeper in metachrosis

Posted by on 20 Jan 2010 | Category: photography, prakriti

The hourglass mark on its dorsum is attractive, and that is why I call it the time keeper. We found this frog while we were cleaning and pruning the area around our fish pond. Sarah was throwing away some rotten twigs and leaves when she felt something cold and creepy leap on to her ūüėģ

polypedates occidentalis
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the two tailed spider

Posted by on 21 Dec 2009 | Category: photography, prakriti

The two tailed spiders are called so because their rear spinnerets are longer than usual, and appear like tails. Spinnerets are the organs with which the spiders spin their silk. In the picture below, you can see the tail pair of spinnerets kept together in its rear. Legs, except the third pair, are very long and slender and have banded colors.

two tailed spider hersilia svignyi, kottayam kerala
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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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

marine life on the rocky shores of gallipoli

Posted by and on 07 Jul 2008 | Category: italy, photography, prakriti

Italy is full of towering historical edifices, and during our euro-mediterranean adventures, we were enchanted to see that it has a rich marine life too. It was a warm afternoon at Gallipoli, south of Italy. We went to swim and feel the Ionian Sea, but soon found ourselves studying the marine life thriving on the rocky shores.

Marine Life & Colors under splashing waves @ Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

Marine Life & Colors under splashing waves @ Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

… along came a jellyfish

We were in the sea while this jellyfish¬†floated by, along with some non-aquatic plants. We were amazed by the beautiful red floral like patterns on its umbrella. The externally visible patterns match to the Pelagia noctiluca, a toxic, stinging jellyfish, commonly known as the mauve stinger in the Mediterranean. The mauve stinger has the ability to glow in the dark [nocti = night, luca = light]. However, we didn’t find any protruding tentacles on its body and we are not sure if it is the mauve stinger itself.

Mediterranean Jellyfish, @ Adriatic Sea by the Gallipoli coast, Puglia, Italy

A closeup of the floral patterns on the mediterranean jellyfish. Jellyfish are known as medusa in Italian, attributing to the greek mythical sea nymph of the same name.

Mediterranean Jellyfish, @ Adriatic Sea by the Gallipoli coast, Puglia, Italy

coral like formation on the rocky shores, with white ‘flower’ crests

Coral like formation on the rocky shores of Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

hide and seek… a mediterranean crab¬†cozily camoflagued¬†in its rocky surroundings

Crab @ Gallipoli, Puglia, Italy

More of what we captured @ Gallipoli

Gallipoli is a small town in Salento, southern Italy, in the Puglia region. It is located by the Ionian Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean. Less than 1 hour by train, from Lecce, capital of Puglia.

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The beaches of Salento are marvellous, with white sandy beaches and intermittent rocky shores like these. Portrayed in the local dialect, Lu Salentu, lu sule lu mare lu ientu [Salento, the sun, the sea, the wind].

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