Most visitors to Bangalore’s Kaikondrahalli and Kasavanahalli lakes celebrate their avian life, but Vedant Sapra takes a closer peek at the biodiversity that often goes unnoticed Continue reading Small World – A macro photographer zooms in on the big picture
Sunlight and butterflies are a potent combination to chase away the blues Continue reading Bewitched by butterflies on a Sunday morning in Bangalore
In Rishi Valley, where trees and rocks are teachers, watching butterflies is a highly enjoyable part of the education. Here are field notes from wandering around the school grounds spotting butterflies on the last morning of 2017. Continue reading Watching Butterflies – Field Lessons from Rishi Valley
What is Onam without its leitmotif — the Onathumbi or Picture Wing Dragonfly? Continue reading Onathumbi: Onam with the Picture Wing Dragonfly!
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov might have feted the Bumblebee in music but it is the domestic life of the Carpenter Bee that inspires a fitting paean. How about one by the Carpenters? My wife and I had seen the Carpenter Bee buzz past us as we stole a furtive smoke on the balcony, but we never imagined that it lived there. Until, with a menacing hum of blurry wings, the walnut-sized insect drove our little daughter back into the house in a frenzy of sheer terror. Of our two balconies, the one adjoining the bedroom is narrower and shaded most of the … Continue reading Balcony Bugwatch – Love song of the Carpenter Bee
Not the cuddliest tiger around but certainly the safest to introduce your kids to, this one is best chased with a camera on a sunny spring morning. If your intentions are evil, back off or you’ll be left with a … Continue reading No teeth, no claws, but very much a Tiger!
Cicadas are diurnal, so what was this one doing up late at night? Continue reading The Cicada’s Night Out
With the menacing looks and businesslike patience of an assassin, the Robber Fly captures its prey on the wing Continue reading Encounter: Robber Fly, raptor of the insect world
A day of tired wandering in a forest ends with an intimate rendezvous with a stunning damselfly – the Stream Glory. It’s often the little things in life that give you the biggest highs Continue reading Encounter: Stream Glory, a dazzling tropical damselfly
Antlions are far more menacing as larvae: their pits are death traps for ants and small insects and can offer kids many hours of macabre entertainment Continue reading Encounter – Antlions and the pit of death