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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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Pond Skater

All of us, during our childhood, must have made paper boats and let it float on water. Unknowingly, we had accessed the physical properties of water to indulge in those moments of joy. The marvels of a paper boat or a leaf gently floating over water are both possible because of the surface tension of [...]

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Bagworm

Many of us may have noticed a little brown speck of ‘dirt’ stuck to the walls in our homes. It looks like a blot on an otherwise clean wall or should I say on our house-keeping skills? Often, it is promptly removed and disposed. If you were the procrastinating type perhaps you noticed that the [...]

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Moon Crab

Sun, sand and surf are all that comes to mind when planning a trip to the beach. These three elements almost invariably cloud out everything else. If anything else, we might indulge in building sand-castles or perhaps long walks on the sand at sunset! It was one such evening while walking along the water’s edge [...]

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Assassin Bugs

It was during my second, albeit brief, visit to Port Blair that I got an opportunity to trek in the wilderness of the Andamans. The trek was from Shoal Bay to Madhuban. The distance that we had planned to cover was short, but it seemed to take forever to reach the destination. A multitude of [...]

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Every day that I have walked into my office building this week, I have been welcomed by a mild, enjoyable and a heavenly aroma. Out of curiosity my eyes wandered and espied the tiny white flowers borne on long spikes. I remember noticing that this tree, near the entrance, was almost bare just a month [...]

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