Posts Tagged 'flower'

the big bumble bee and the little honey bee

Posted by on 09 Jul 2013 | Category: photography, prakriti

Who’s in first?

A bumble bee and a dwarf honey bee competing for nectar.

black hairy bumblebee and dwarf honey bee

Bumble bees and the dwarf honey bees belong to the same family, apidae, which includes the common honey bees too.
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of velvet mites and ludwigia sediodes

Posted by on 07 Oct 2009 | Category: photography, prakriti

We have a fish pond at home, and several aquatic plants in it. Two of these are introduced in this article, azolla (on the left) and ludwigia sediodes, a mosaic plant (on the right).
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onam: black & white, a japanese perspective and the role of plywood

Posted by on 31 Aug 2009 | Category: india, japan, kerala

A few decades back, Onam, the Kerala festival was celebrated in memory of the mythical king Mahabali. In the present scenario, it has turned out that Onam is more of a celebration in memory of those bygone decades and onam celebrations of the past.
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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

my flowers are plucked out

Posted by on 15 Dec 2005 | Category: Uncategorized

My flowers are plucked out
I want to scream and shout
My branches too cut out
I can’t stand my fear and doubt

Wasn’t I their angel tree
Leaving them in my shade so free
Their thoughts I always carry
But now…why they left me so weary

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