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.
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 😊
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.