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Grass Demon

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Grass demon butterfly

Another misnomer for a cute little butterfly. This black and white beauty is a regular visitor of my garden. The wing colouration, I think, helps it sit undetected in the dappled light on bushes.

The Grass Demon (Udaspes folus) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Skippers, or Hesperiidae family. It is regarded as an occasional pest of ginger and turmeric.

Being a bold one, my presence did not disturb it at all and went on with feeding nectar from Periwinkle flowers. This gave me ample opportunity  to click a few shots of it’s feeding stages.

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Probosis stretched
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Feeding

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Ashy Prinia

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Ashy prinia

Ashy prinia (Prinia socialis) is a small song bird with shrill, repetitive song.  Pairs of these used to frequent my garden. Agile and chirpy, they forage among the foliage for insects.

Ashy prinia is a very common bird in farmlands and urban gardens. I have seen them fighting for space with sunbirds in my garden.

I was lucky to have them build nests in my garden. Nests were built on low shrubs and ferns. They are round and cup shaped, made of plant materials and soft cottony hairs of seeds and cobweb. The eggs are dark reddish brown

It was a pleasure to see the parent birds training their fledglings to fly!

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A nest in my garden
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A nest among ferns
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Singing Ashy prinia

Colourful Moths

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Wasp moth

Presenting two moths today. Moths are generally dull in appearance but here are two exceptions.

Wasp moth (Amata passalis)  is very colourful with orange and black bands on the abdomen and orangish spots on the wings. The pictures were clicked on my terrace. This moth is reported to be seen in S. India and Sri Lanka.

Another brightly coloured moth, found in the same geographical region is commonly known as Footman moth (Nepita conferta). The antennae of this species are highly branched and has a feathery appearance.

I located him on my backyard tree, relaxing and allowed me to take many pictures.

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Another view of wasp moth
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Footman moth
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Footman moth- another image

Purple-rumped Sunbird

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Purple-rumped sunbird (male)

These cute little birdies are my companions in the garden; twittering and feeding on the nectar of Hibiscus flowers, flowers of Moringa tree and others.

The purple-rumped sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica) is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. They feed mainly on nectar but sometimes take insects, particularly when feeding young. These sunbirds build a hanging nest with cobwebs, lichens and plant materials.

Males are brightly coloured but females are olive grey above and yellow to buff below. I see them always in pairs and the couple has built a nest on a tree next to my home. They are very agile and keep moving all the while!

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The female bird
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Collecting material for the nest
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The nest

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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