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It was one of those year-end jaunts into the wilderness with like-minded friends. Destination – Coorg. After enjoying the forests and its denizens through most part of the morning, we reached a stream at the edge of a coffee estate. It was late afternoon when we ate our packed lunch and rested for a while. [...]

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A renewed interest in spiders in the last 5 years prompted me to read up about the various spiders we have in India. And, ever since I stumbled upon this specific one, I have had this urge to see one in person and photograph it – due to the intriguing name it sports! I was [...]

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Mayfly

Kabini has always sprung surprises on me. The recent visit was no exception. It was mid-November and there was a distinct nip in the air. I reached Kabini River Lodge late in the evening just in time for dinner. After a quick wash, I headed towards the dining area. Normally this space is well lit. [...]

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I had mentioned in the previous post titled The Mast Tree and the Tailed Jay that there are other characters in this story. I cannot introduce them to you without going back in time. So here it goes. The banana plants owe their advent and existence in our garden to my dad. He, with great [...]

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Ideally, the title should be “The Banana Plant, the Short-nosed Fruit Bat, the Mast Tree and the Tailed Jay”. I did not put up this title fearing that it would scare you all and also due to the lack of space for such a lengthy title. Recently, I was casually looking at the wild growth [...]

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Dragonflies ruled the air. When they evolved some 300 million years ago, they were unquestioned masters of the skies. They were also large – a fossil dragonfly had a wingspan of about 75 cm! Today, we do not have such giant dragonflies flying about. However, they still continue to be strong, powerful and agile fliers. [...]

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We (Vidya Venkatesh and I) recently ventured into the forests of Jeypore-Dihing in Assam between April 24-29, 2011. The primary intent of the trip was butterfly-watching. Though 2 days of our trip were washed out due to heavy rains, the rest of the time spent in the field yielded over 80 species of butterflies. On [...]

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Aristolochias are also popularly known as Birthworts besides many other names given to them. The family is represented by about 500 species world over. Most birthworts are creepers and several species with very showy flowers are grown in gardens as ornamentals. In India, we have a few species belonging to this family of plants. These [...]

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I returned home from work as usual, rested awhile, had a cup of tea and walked up to my room on the first floor. Having put my bag away, I switched on the light and walked into the bathroom to freshen up. As I stepped into the room, something small scurried past the bathroom floor. [...]

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Red Velvet Mite

I was walking down the forest track. A little distance from where I was, was a little red creature lumbering down towards me.   When I was just a few feet from it I knew what it was. And, this one was indeed a particularly large Red Velvet Mite. To show it to those with me, [...]

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