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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

June 22, 2012

Description

This is from my previous year's collection. His calling was interrupted when I accidentally brushed against the plant he was perched on. :-)

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What

Spider Wasp Family Pompilidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

December 10, 2012

Description

I found this Spider wasp skittering all over a depression in the ground. Immediately I knew something was going on here. So, i decided to wait and see the drama that unfolds. The Wasp sensing my presence just stopped for while making sure of not hinting towards its hidden agenda.

I was completely still all the while, after a few mins she gave me a clue as to what was actually going on. She was digging a burrow in the ground. After digging a burrow slightly longer than herself she took off from the spot.

It is then I setup my camera on a tripod and waited for the wasp to return.

The wait lasted a few mins. Then she appeared, inspected the burrow, inspected my camera asserting its threat level. On feeling confident she grabbed the wolf spider which she had already placed on a nearby Mimosa pudica plant.

She placed the paralyzed spider just beside the burrow as seen in this picture. She measured the dimensions of the spider with her antennae. Went into the burrow, made the necessary corrections and came out.

She then dragged the spider into the burrow as seen in the 2nd picture. Started closing the burrow from inside. After the burrow was almost completely closed, she started kicking and dispersing the loose soil piled up near the burrow entrance. Maybe she was destroying any clues to her burrow's whereabouts.

After the burrow area looked similar to the surroundings, she made 2 quick sorties. She brought a small Custard apple bud in the 1st sortie and a red flower petal in the second.

The 3rd picture shows her dispersing the loose soil with her hind limbs.

She arranged them near the burrow in a carefully planned manner as seen in the 4th picture.

Inspected her burrow one last time and took off. :-)

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

August 16, 2012

Description

One of the most beautiful and intelligent of spiders. This little female was slowly approaching me ,trying to jump onto my lens.

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What

Winged Gliding Frog Rhacophorus lateralis

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 14, 2012

Description

My favorite little frog.
Found him taking a nap on a coffee plant :-)

Previous post shot on the same day is here: www.flickr.com/photos/vipinbaliga/8188019314/in/set-72157...

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What

stink bug nymphs Family Pentatomidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 10, 2012 04:06 PM IST

Description

These nymphs were on an Anthurium plant. The credit goes to my mom for finding them and showing it to me. :-)

As you can see from the shadows the other side of the leaf is also crawling with these nymphs.

Gradually some of the nymphs were wandering off, the next morning they had all vanished.

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What

Common Indian Toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 10, 2012

Description

:-)

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What

Dewdrop spider with Prey Genus Argyrodes

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 25, 2012 05:02 PM IST

Description

Size: 1cm approx

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What

Phantom Crane Fly - Mating Family Ptychopteridae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 25, 2012

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

December 6, 2012 03:31 PM IST

Description

Very few pictures found on the internet, all from around Burma and Malay Peninsula.

Unlike other jumping spiders Phaeacius is unusually sedentary, generally resting in its unusual flattened pose for hours or days on logs, pieces of wood or any other solid surface, where it is very well camouflaged. Its preferred prey is moths and other insects, and jumping spiders.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaeacius)

Size: 1.5cm (body only)

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 30, 2012

Description

Found this frog resting on a leaf just 5 feet above the ground.

On closer inspection its deformed limb became apparent.

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What

pill millipedes Family Sphaerotheriidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 1, 2012 02:18 PM IST

Description

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 24, 2012 02:44 PM IST

Description

This frog is seen with a pale green dorsum as opposed to this( breeding season changes perhaps): http://www.flickr.com/photos/vipinbaliga/7423716926/in/set-72157625945175638

Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat. (Source: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/58847/0

Reproductive mode in the shrub frog Philautus glandulosus, an article here: http://www.iisc.ernet.in/currsci/feb102003/283.pdf

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What

Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 23, 2012 03:39 PM IST

Description

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 21, 2012 05:40 PM IST

Description

One of the largest Caterpillars around I guess... :-)

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What

Bengal Monitor Varanus bengalensis

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 15, 2012 02:40 PM IST

Description

Here you can see the habitat and the sheer height he had attained, in search of sunlight perhaps.

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What

Bengal Monitor Varanus bengalensis

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 15, 2012

Description

Cropped from the original.

Found this guy high up a huge tree,more than 15m above the ground. He eventually climbed up to the branch on top and just basked.

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What

Ophiocordyceps Fungus Oecophylla smaragdina

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 20, 2012 03:06 PM IST

Description

When a Weaver Ant is infected by this parasitic fungus (Ophiocordyceps spp) the behavior of the ants is dramatically changed. They become erratic and zombie-like, and are manipulated by the fungus into dying at a spot that provides optimal conditions for fungal reproduction.

The growing fungus fills the ant's body and head causing muscles to atrophy and forcing muscle fibres apart. The fungus also affects the ant's central nervous system which force it to walk in a random manner, unable to find their way home.

The ant will eventually die as the fungus erupts out of its body, causing some pretty dramatic displays as above.

Entire colonies can be destroyed by this deadly fungus...
But here is good news: Ant colonies attacked by the zombie-ant fungus can survive with the help of a second parasite that castrates’ zombie-ant fungus thus keeping the infectious spores in check.(Source: www.futurity.org/top-stories/parasite-castrates-zombie-an...)

Sources: diorealskills.org/2012/09/20/social-parasites-are-as-old-...

www.biology-blog.com/blogs/permalinks/5-2011/zombie-ants-...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 20, 2012 05:26 PM IST

Description

:-)

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What

Wasp mimic Robber fly Family Asilidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 6, 2012 03:25 PM IST

Description

Initially I thought it was the spider (Cyclosa ssp?) which had the Robber fly in its grasp. But I was really surprised when I zoomed in on the photograph in my camera.

In the next few seconds the Robber fly took off and and the dead spider just dropped to the ground.

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 13, 2012

Description

A juvenile Winged Gliding frog - male resting on a leaf.

The fly seen at the right was immediately consumed when it landed on the frog's snout.

Size: 2cm approx
Tail stub still present.

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What

Nyctibatrachus for ID Genus Nyctibatrachus

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 8, 2012 06:48 PM IST

Description

Requesting the ID of this Nyctibatrachus... Size:2.5cm

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What

Thiania bhamoensis Family Salticidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 8, 2012 09:29 AM IST

Description

Because two males will readily fight each other, either in a natural setting, or if put together, they are commonly known as "fighting spider" in South-east Asia.

These spiders are commonly kept in matchboxes with a piece of green leaf and a spat of saliva for moisture.

A spider that wins fight after fight gets the status of "first king". A common belief is that the darkest males are most aggressive.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiania_bhamoensis

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What

Monster Stick Insect - Mating Order Phasmida

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 6, 2012

Description

Stick insects can reproduce parthenogenetically, without the need for males.

Unmated females produce eggs that become more females.
When a male does manage to mate with a female, there's a 50/50 chance their offspring will be male.
A captive female stick insect can produce hundreds of all-female offspring without ever mating.
There are species of stick insects for which scientists have never found any males.
Stick insects hold the record for longest insects in the world.

Stick insects not only look like sticks, they act like them, too.... :-)

Source: http://insects.about.com/od/stickandleafinsects/a/10-facts-stick-insects.htm

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Coromandel Marsh Dart Ceriagrion coromandelianum

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 25, 2012 12:00 PM IST

Description

I believe this picture shows how powerful and efficient hunters these Damselflies are.

This damselfly caught the cranefly mid air. Started devouring, head first... :-)

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What

Bark Mantis Order Mantodea

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 19, 2012 02:23 PM IST

Description

Requesting the ID of this Mantis.

Size: 4.5cm approx

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What

Yellow headed Leafhopper - Molting Family Cicadellidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 16, 2012 09:45 AM IST

Description

At the first sight it appeared to be predation, but it was actually molting(?)

I have seen the Leafhoppers molt before, the shed skin didn't appear to be so drastically different in appearance as in this case.

The shed skin looks like this: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/84080

Requesting explanation from the Experts... :-)

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Longhorn Beetles Family Cerambycidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 16, 2012 01:15 PM IST

Description

Requesting the ID of this spectacular looking Beetle...

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 8, 2012 03:41 PM IST

Description

I found this relatively larger Threadlegged Assassin bug walking on a tree bark.
Larger relative to this: www.flickr.com/photos/vipinbaliga/8079349594/in/photostream

A short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo44N-7Bn7Q

Very interesting info: Some Stenolemus sp. spends nearly its entire life (moulting, feeding, mating) in spider webs. It preys upon a variety of spiders, including webs and nests of spiders of Achaearanea, Badumna, Pholcus, and Stiphidion, and the families Salticidae and Uloboridae.

A particular species - S.bituberus has two attack methods: stalking and luring. Stalking involves the slow approach of S. bituberus to a prey, followed by a period of tapping the prey with antennae (usually for an extended period of ~3 minutes), and then sudden stabbing with the bug's rostrum.

"Luring" involves plucking of the strands of the spider web by S. bituberus. The prey comes over to investigate and S. bituberus again taps with antennae before stabbing with the rostrum."

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jean_hort/5187823305

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What

Genus Stenolemus Genus Stenolemus

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 12, 2012 02:49 PM IST

Description

Size: 1cm approx (body only)

Very interesting info: Some Stenolemus sp. spends nearly its entire life (moulting, feeding, mating) in spider webs. It preys upon a variety of spiders, including webs and nests of spiders of Achaearanea, Badumna, Pholcus, and Stiphidion, and the families Salticidae and Uloboridae.

A particular species - S.bituberus has two attack methods: stalking and luring. Stalking involves the slow approach of S. bituberus to a prey, followed by a period of tapping the prey with antennae (usually for an extended period of ~3 minutes), and then sudden stabbing with the bug's rostrum.

"Luring" involves plucking of the strands of the spider web by S. bituberus. The prey comes over to investigate and S. bituberus again taps with antennae before stabbing with the rostrum."

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jean_hort/5187823305/

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What

antlions Family Myrmeleontidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

October 10, 2012

Description

A beautiful Antlion Lacewing :-)

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