Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:02 -0700
Last Build Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:02 -0700
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:13:37 -0700
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:25:59 -0700A nymph of a Cicada shedding its exoskeleton, an ending to a new beginning.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:15:11 -0700Which ant would this be...A very teeny one...
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:38:55 -0700
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:44:18 -0700Thanks to Shri Gopalakrishnan Subramania for the ID Help .......
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:51:27 -0700
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:36:32 -0700Black wood Spider (Nephila Kuhli). My 1st posting in this (unknown subject for me) category. Identification credit: Krishnamurthy-K Sir. Thanks for views........
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:55:11 -0700Is the ID correct?
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:59:03 -0700After exploring the jungle the whole day for bugs, frogs and snakes we were heading back to our vehicle when we found this female Spider moulting!! ... She was half way through. I could see a male approx 15 cm away from her. I quickly set up the tripod and was watching the beautiful scene. After 10 mins the female was completely out of her old skin and was dangling by a thin line of silk.... This is when the male made his move. He approached her feverishly, inspecting the shed exoskeleton first and then rushing towards the helpless female. He walked all over her inspecting here and there. Made several trips away from her only to return in a few seconds..... When he was right in front of her eyes she would desperately try to flare up and grab him.But she was too weak and fragile. After approx 30 mins I could see the female regain some strength and flex her legs. She was still torpid when the male approached her and actually copulated for the first time. He would perform these short bouts of copulation and move away from her only to be back in the next minute..... After few such copulatory bouts the female woke up from her stupor, regained control over her legs, approached the exoskeleton and carefully started to dislodge it from the web.The male was now safely away from her and alive..... Giant Wood Spider females are exponentially larger than the males. This sexual dimorphism and the female's bad temper makes the male vulnerable to being eaten by her during courtship or mating. The tiny males will have to perform energy intensive courtship rituals to woo the female before copulation. Failing to woo her before approaching will result in a tragic end for the male. As a workaround to this time and energy intensive activity and to avoid being eaten alive, the males have turned highly opportunistic. A female is incapable of attacking while she is moulting and hesitant to attack while she is feeding. The males know this and use such situations to their highest advantage. The devious male is hiding behind the female here.... Previous picture showing the male clearly : http://www.indianaturewatch.net/displayimage.php?id=573150
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:32:44 -0700
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:52:25 -0700I wondered to find this beetle in a grass field....googled and learned something about it and shared with all...experts may please justify...
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:21 -0700
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:00:53 -0700
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:57:53 -0700Pantala flavescens pair Mating...The one in right side holding the head is male.(Thanks Gopalkrisnan Sir for the ID help.)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:38:31 -0700
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