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About the same time three years ago, I wrote two blog posts. They were titled The Banana Plants and the Shortnosed Fruit Bats and The Mast Tree and the Tailed Jay. These essentially tried to introduce you to some of the denizens of my garden (read your immediate surroundings!). If you recollect, I had written […]

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Seed Dispersal

Many of you, who are reading this article, perhaps spend considerable time in the outdoors. How often have you at the end of the trip sat down and patiently removed various plant matter stuck to your clothes? Or even been irritated by inconspicuous things embedded in your outfit that poked every now and then? – […]

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Andaman Day Gecko

The moment it was decided that I was going to the Andamans, I set out to do my homework. In the process, one species that caught my attention was the Andaman Day Gecko. So much so that, from the moment I landed in Port Blair and was in the midst of some vegetation, I started […]

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Jumping Ant with prey

It has been over a decade since I was introduced to ants. Over the years, I have seen several ants, not knowing the name of the species and its natural history. Among the multitude of ants, one – the Jumping Ant Harpegnathos saltator – has caught my fancy time and again. I saw my first […]

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Horse-fly

A visit to a forest invariably throws up interesting things. This time it was in the form of little flies! These flies seemed to be all over the place. They were a minor irritant during the day time, particularly when in the outdoors. I found people constantly, in an animated fashion, waving their hands trying […]

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Soldier Crabs

From a distance, you see a grey mass marching up the shore like an army on a mission. Get close and you see their body clothed in grey armour, propped upon pink legs.   Get closer and you realise that they are small round crabs, each about the size of a marble – complete with […]

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Antlion

A long telephone conversation is often associated with doodling. Some people are very adept at it and even turn out masterpieces worth admiring. Larvae of some species of antlions too indulge in some doodling! Yes, they leave trails on the soil as they go about finding a suitable place to construct a trap for their […]

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Indian Desert Jird

The word ‘rodent’ brings up images of rats that chew gaping holes in your favourite dress or bite the wiring in the house steeping your evening in darkness. And the first thought is to eliminate them… as soon as possible! This attitude is based on our limited exposure or interaction with just two or three […]

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Night brings with it a sense of enigma. Darkness, and everything associated, is one such thing. This is more pronounced because of the fear instilled in us during our formative years. The familiar path that we tread with ease during daytime, under the cover of darkness, is full of ‘hurdles’ that often don’t physically exist. […]

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One morning last week, when I came out of my room, I was treated to a very interesting sight. A Coucal. The booming calls of the Coucals are often heard and the birds themselves are seen regularly in our garden. The bird came out of the bush and landed on a stone slab nearby. On […]

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