Monsoons have set in and with them have brought in a wonderful feeling of love and romance at Agumbe. This is what I felt when I recently visited the place as a part of the Rainforest Rendezvous with Darter Photography
The whole camp site was lush green with lovely streams crisscrossing the place. The rains were coming down in powerful short spells and there was a pleasant cool breeze billowing across. It was definitely a stage, setup, to usher in the the flavor of romance and so it was. There were wonderful and cute courtships happening all around the place and it seemed as though the insect world was abound with love and romance.
Courting pairs of beautiful damselflies and dragonflies flying around, tiger beetles hopping around in pairs and crane flies being caught in the act. There were lot of pursuing too, with the males of black colored beetles incessantly pursuing their females with the hope of acceptance, though there were broken hearts in some cases. It was amazing to watch and observe these wonderful moments of nature.
Most of the insects have a very short adult life, mostly in the range of a few weeks. Hence, their primordial instinct would be to look for a mate to ensure proliferation. Some were successful in finding their partner, while for some, it was a struggle with disappointments……
Courting Pair of Blue-tailed Damsel Flies….
Mating Dragon Flies
Mating pair of Tiger Beetles
Mating Crane Flies
Mating pair of Beetles
Then, there was this male black beetle that was in pursuit of its mate…., albeit, with very little success…….. He would try to entice the female by brushing his antennae against the her body, but the female wouldn’t budge ….. This chase went on for a few minutes before the male finally gave up and they moved away in different directions.
Male starts pursuing the female…
Female kicks back at the male..showing total lack of interest
A kick on the head doesn’t stop the male from pursuing….
He titillated the female with his antennae in the hope of acceptance
He continues the pursuit, though a bit heart-broken
Here’s the link to the rest of the images from this outing – Agumbe-June-2013
The whole experience reminded me of a beautiful song in a Kannada movie called ‘Aakasmika’ ( By chance or Unexpected ), titled……
‘Agumbe ya Prema Sanje ya’, ( A Romantic evening at Agumbe )……….., how very very apt….. :-) ……
Here’s leaving you with a video of the song…… ( Source: YouTube ) ……… Enjoi……