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Mantises

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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.

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

 

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.

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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!

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A Grey brown grasshopper
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Wingless grasshopper
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A common field grasshopper

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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.

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Lively sunset at Goa

These shots were taken after a rain. Sun came out of the clutches of clouds briefly, bringing people out on the beach.

After a brief spell of heavenly display, clouds devoured the sun again, along with rain that dispersed the crowds!

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Sundown at Santa Cruz, California

These sundown moments were captured at Santa Cruz, West Cliff Drive, Natural Bridges State Beach, California.

The only grievance…. I couldn’t get the view through the natural bridge arches.

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Sunset in the city

Captured these glorious sunset scenes outside Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore.

Shots were taken just before entering the Trumpet flyover from airport side.

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Sunset at Aluva, over River Periyar

Starting a new series of Photoblog…. the romantic Sunsets from far and near….

A picture is worth a thousand words! So please enjoy these pictures  🙂

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Jungle Crow

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Jungle crow

Jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos ) or Indian jungle crow can be distinguished from the House crow by the absence of  grey neck. The glossy plumage and large bill are other characteristics. Irrespective of the name, they are seen all over cities and towns.

A lovely pair of the Jungle crow has built a nest on a tree next to my house and the couple is going steady since a few years!

I have seen them raising chicks of the Asian koel, which is a brood parasite.

The crow family is not much afraid to have a drink on my terrace and they sit and chat, never minding my presence 😊

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On my terrace
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A pensive mood…
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Seal with a kiss….love you

Tailed Palmfly

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Tailed palmfly

Tailed palmfly (Elymnias caudata) is a dweller of my garden and is seen in pairs during breeding season.  They appear brown while resting but when they take off, bright orange colour of the upper side of the hind wings is displayed.

As the name suggests, this butterfly prefers palm trees as host plant for the young ones. They are real gluttons and many times destroy the ornamental palm trees in my garden.

There is a tail-like projection on vein 4 of the hind wing that distinguishes these from Common palmfly.

These are pictured in my garden.

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The darker one is the male
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Caterpillar- on the underside of a palm leaf
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Emerging from pupa

Some Iridescent Bugs

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Cuckoo wasp

‘Every realm of nature is marvelous’…that is what Aristotle said! Each living thing is beautiful and divine.

Though bugs, they are so beautiful. I am referring to these iridescent insects with their lovely colouration. I have captured a few from my garden. They are in fact the jewels of nature.

The pictures may not be of great quality; still presenting them here. I am really fascinated by them.

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Jewel bug
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Japanese beetle
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Blue bottle fly