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What

Travancore Tortoise Indotestudo travancorica

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 23, 2014 02:17 PM IST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Found this Tortoise while on a trek last Sunday.
The rustle of the leaves alerted us to this old creature.

It was slowly moving underneath all theleaf litter. It froze as soon as we approached it.

We 3 of us took a few shots and left the place. :-)

Length: 1feet approx

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What

Crab Spiders Family Thomisidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

August 11, 2013

Description

Looks like this spider had a scrumptious meal. She was covered with scales from a Moth. :-)

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

July 5, 2013 09:13 PM IST

Description

Found this beautiful Moth on a Jackfruit tree.

He was approx 1.5 inch from tip to tip if I remember it correctly.

I was surprised to find a tiny moth on the bottom right corner while processing this pic. I never saw it while photographing.. I must say their camouflage really works ;-)

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

September 2, 2013

Description

I found more than 10 pairs of this beautiful spider in a 10 m X 10 m area. Almost all of them were in the process of mating.

The pair seen here was cautious and hesitant to approach each other.

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What

Pantropical jumper Plexippus paykulli

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

July 21, 2013

Description

Found this little spider on a concrete slab. She was restless and very curious, always jumping onto my lens.

She was on her way when suddenly she was startled by a quick moving thing in front of her. It was brilliantly camouflaged Praying Mantis! A tiny fella. The mantis stood its ground and the spider moved away. :-)

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

August 12, 2013

Description

I found this Jerdon's jumping ant on tree. It had a Picture - winged fly in its mandibles. When I approached it for a picture it leaped onto the ground from a height of approx 5 feet and started getting away from me with quick successive leaps. It then hid under a dry leaf. I carefully lifted the leaf and quickly photographed it before it started moving again. :-)

I knew the exact location of its nest which was about 50 feet away. Followed it half way when a Black -Naped Monarch Flycatcher male distracted me and I lost track of the ant.

I have seen these ants single-handedly taking on relatively large insects like grasshoppers and dragging them back to their nests .

Their have a very painful sting. You better avoid getting stung from this mighty powerful ant. :-)

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What

Vernal Hanging Parrot Loriculus vernalis

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

August 26, 2013

Description

My favorite Guava tree is invaded by these beautiful little parrots every year.They come in large numbers and devour the fruits even before they start to ripen.

I made it a point to observe them regularly and salvage any fruit they hadn't yet consumed. One day when I went to shoo them off,I noticed a partially consumed Guava. I knew the Parrot would return and thought it would be nice to photograph the culprit for the record.

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What

Stick Insect Order Phasmida

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

June 2, 2013

Description

Seeing such a tiny stick insect for the first time. Found 3 little nymphs on a tree bark. They were all slowly climbing up the tree.

Size: 1 inch approx (body)

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What

Ichneumon Wasps Family Ichneumonidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

July 11, 2013

Description

This female Ichneumon Wasp was wandering over a Hibiscus flower. Every now and then she would freeze and wave her antennae, perhaps trying to detect the presence of its host insect to lay her eggs onto.

These Ichneumon wasps are important parasitoids of other insects. Common hosts are larvae and pupae of Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera.[wiki]

As seen in this picture the Hibiscus flowers are ravaged by Beetles. I guess this female wasp actually targets that very Beetle.

Wish to witness the action sometime soon. :-)

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

March 10, 2013

Description

This female Fighting spider was on a Turmeric plant. I used to observe her regularly.

But whenever I tried to photograph her she would esacpe into her hide, which was constructed by sticking 2 large leaves together with silk.

One day I found her about 2 feet away from her hide and utilized the opportunity to photograph her. :-)

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What

Haematorrhophus sp Genus Haematorrhophus

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

May 15, 2013

Description

The largest Assassin bug I have ever come across.

The scale should give you precise idea about its size.

Here is a link showing the feeding habits of a related species: http://thesmallermajority.com/2013/06/18/mozambique-diary-how-to-kill-an-assassin/

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

May 25, 2013

Description

Cannibalism - Portia fimbriata feeding on a male

It is a well known fact that in some species of spiders the female consumes its male counterpart before, during, or after copulation. Some species even display non-reproductive cannibalism where the female will prey on its own kind when food is scarce.

This female Portia fimbriata had occupied a corner of my room, just under the roof for a few days. I used to observe her regularly. Her menu consisted of a few insects but a lot more spiders. Typically I would find her feeding on "Smeringopus pallidus" or Loxosceles sp.

But one evening she had a Salticidae in her grasp. On closer observation I realized it was an "adult male Portia fimbriata"!!! The dead male was facing toward the wall, I had to wait for quiet a long time for the female to eventually turn him towards me. She had almost finished feeding by then and the inner contents of the male seemed empty as seen in the picture.

As the feeding progressed the exoskeleton turned into a mush until only one of the limbs and a small chunk of the mush was left over.

She then assumed her usual "cuddled up" posture in the web and nothing much happened after that.

The male might have either failed or succeeded in mating with her prior to be killed. :-)

In the background you can see a dead half eaten fly and the limbs of Smeringopus pallidus spider which was her previous meal. :-)

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What

Bengal Monitor Varanus bengalensis

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

June 29, 2013

Description

I found this beautiful juvenile monitor in one of my favorite locations yesterday. He was basking in the sun among thick vegetation with his snout pointing towards the ground.
( I have turned this picture 90 degree clockwise for easy viewing)

Size: 1 feet approx

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What

Oxyopes javanus Plectranthus amboinicus

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

June 28, 2013

Description

Striped Lynx Spider preying upon a Beetle on an Indian Borage Plant.

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What

Tiger Beetles Subfamily Cicindelinae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

June 4, 2013

Description

This beautiful Tiger beetle landed on a leaf near me and stayed there for a minute or so before taking off. Couldn't get a top shot as he was perched at my eye level.

Size: 1.5cm approx

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What

Arachnura spp Genus Arachnura

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

June 4, 2013

Description

This spider was on my wish list for a long time. I found her yesterday deep inside the foliage of a broad leaved plant. Frontal or top shot was impossible because of the thick foliage.
She was 2.5 feet above the ground.
Spider Size: 2cm approx

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Observer

renegade

Date

June 2, 2013

Place

Betoli (Google, OSM)

Description

Indian Tree Frog vocalising..Its only been a couple of days since the rains have kicked in,the frogs have already arrived!Augurs well for the season ahead :)

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Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

February 13, 2013

Description

This stick insect was dangling from a leaf just like a twig.
Eventually she clambered up, assumed this posture, occasionally swaying with the breeze.

Size: 15 cm approx

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What

Assassin Bugs - Mating Family Reduviidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

March 30, 2013

Description

Size: 1 inch approx

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What

Subfamily Ennominae Subfamily Ennominae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

March 12, 2013

Description

Requesting the ID of this beautiful, well camouflaged moth :-)

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What

Spiny Flower Mantis Family Hymenopodidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

February 10, 2013

Description

A very tiny fellow.
Body length less than 1 cm

He has an incredibly beautiful crown which is visible in one of the pictures.

Requesting the ID of this beautiful creature.

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What

Spiny Flower Mantis Family Hymenopodidae

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

February 10, 2013

Description

A very tiny fellow.
Body length less than 1 cm

He has an incredibly beautiful crown which is visible in one of the pictures.

Requesting the ID of this beautiful creature.

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Observer

renegade

Date

December 12, 2012

Place

virajpet (Google, OSM)

Description

If not for the eyes almost impossible to locate this!

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Observer

renegade

Date

December 17, 2012

Place

Virajpet (Google, OSM)

Description

The blue-eyed bush frog (Philautus neelanethrus) is a small, distinctive frog which gains its common name from the bright blue ring running around the edge of its protruding, golden eyes. Its scientific name, neelanthrus, means ‘blue eyes’ in Sanskrit, a historical local dialect (2).

The skin of the blue-eyed bush frog varies between yellow and cream and there are brown dots and blotches on the upperside of the body, indicating areas of granulation which can differ in intensity between individuals. The skin on the underside of the body has round, white blotches and is also granulated. The skin on the wide head of the blue-eyed bush frog features circular brown spots, and the snout is pointed and protrudes forward beyond the mouth (2).

The colouration of the male blue-eyed bush frog becomes more yellow and vivid during the breeding season. The female blue-eyed bush frog is likely to be slightly larger than the male (2).

Vocalisations are made by the blue-eyed bush frog during the breeding season, using the unpigmented vocal sac in the throat. Calls usually begin as a shrill ‘treek’ and are followed by a recurring ‘tink’ note (2).

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Observer

renegade

Date

November 28, 2012

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

True to its name,this froggy proved tricky to ID..The female is a brilliant green with little resemblance to the male.. Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is estimated to be 7,204 km2, it is known from three threat-defined locations and its population is considered to be severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Western Ghats of India Thanks Vipin Baliga for the ID :-)

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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

Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus

Observer

vipinbaliga

Date

November 23, 2012 03:39 PM IST

Description

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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

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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.