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India Nature Watch - Insects and other Invertebrates

Wildlife Photographs from India

Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:00:03 -0700

Last Build Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:00:03 -0700


India Nature Watch - A Bug's worst nightmare - Parasitic wasp : Trissolcus sp

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:09:52 -0700

This is the smallest wasp i have seen yet! It was slightly smaller than a flea.. This Parasitic wasp visits egg clusters of Stink Bugs. It inspects the eggs and using it's ovipositor, deposits it's own egg inside each.... The wasp larvae feed on the developing bugs and grow rapidly. The male wasps emerge first and wait for the females to emerge. As soon as the females emerge they are fertilized by the waiting males and the cycle continues.... I was photographing this cluster of eggs when I noticed the tiny wasp lurking among them. The wasp walked all over the cluster, inspecting the individual eggs as well as the tiny gap between the 2 adjacent eggs..... I was waiting to photograph the wasp deposit its. Unfortunately all it did was inspect the eggs and groom itself clean.... Photographing this tiny subject was a nightmare. The extremely shallow DOF , the mosquitoes and the blowing wind posed a challenge. After many many shots I got a handful of keepers.

India Nature Watch - ID Request...

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:08:32 -0700

I assume this is a painted bug and nymph of the same since I also saw the regular black top one in the same location...Would this be a female and nymph or different?

India Nature Watch - Lovely Blue

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:25:06 -0700

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:24:36 -0700

India Nature Watch - Ulta Pulta... Below the Leaf

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:06:23 -0700

India Nature Watch - Tachinidae

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:49:59 -0700

Txs to Sivakumar ji for ID.... The Tachinidae are a large and variable family of true flies within the insect order Diptera, with more than 8,200 known species and many more to be discovered. Over 1300 species have been described in North America alone. Insects in this family commonly are called tachina flies or simply tachinids. As far as is known, they all are Protelean parasitoids, or occasionally parasites, of arthropods.

India Nature Watch - Pumpkin Beetle

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:37:10 -0700

India Nature Watch - Asian cockroach - Blattella asahinai -Habitat shot

Not rare- But difficult to capture in natural habitat in day light

This Asian cockroach - Blattella asahinai, is a very small cockroach of about 1.5cm.This is almost identical with the common German Cockroach that are commensally found in human dwellings. The Asian cock roach remains in fields where there is good amount of vegetative matter that decomposes or rotting. Here they remain on live plants and more or less behaves like moths in their flight and are good flyers with sustained flight. A good number of these insects are always found in one place. The breed in the much and primary food source is rotting vegetation and minute young larvae, egg of insects etc. The adults sport a translucent brown wings and body but younger insects and freshly molted ones can be almost transparent