Friends in My Garden- 26


Indian Flower mantis on White Ixora

I had already posted pictures of Praying Mantis earlier – Sept 2016. Here you have another two types…believe it or not, from my garden!

Indian flower mantis or Jeweled mantis (Creoboter meleagris) is characterized by bright green wings that have a slight yellow tint on the side. In the center of the wing, there is a white ‘eye’ patch, which has a black edging around it.

Indian bark mantis (Humbertiella ceylonica) is highly camouflaged to suit the bark texture. I clicked this on a flowering herb though.  This bug, I identified from Project Noah.

A young flower mantis
Flower mantis taking a walk
Indian bark mantis


Friends in My Garden- 25

Four Hoppers

Hi… I am back here with ‘Friends from my garden’ 🙂

Today I am with four hoppers; I mean, four grasshoppers living in my garden. Each one is unique in its own way.

Long headed grasshopper

They are all short-horned grasshoppers different from katydids, which have much longer antennae. They are probably the oldest living group of chewing herbivorous insects.

They have powerful hind legs for leaping vigorously and almost all of them have wings, with a few exceptions. Another feature is the camouflage they exhibit.

Grasshoppers can be pests feasting on our plants but in some countries they are eaten by the locals!

A Grey brown grasshopper
Wingless grasshopper
A common field grasshopper

Eventide- 5

Its Heavenly!

The sunset seen at Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore.

And it was Heavenly… up there in the sky! The afterglow was enchanting and then the sky changed colours. Witnessed the ‘time’ flying into golden hour, blue hour and finally settling for dark blue!

The shots may have some disturbance as they are taken through the glass pane.