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My previous post was on one of the most powerful predators in the world of arthropods, the Jumping Spiders. This one is about another family of arthropods, that are as much, if not more, notorious of hunters, as the jumpers. They are the Mantises. Mantis, more...

Came across this big group of individuals swimming around in a small stream in Coorg. They could easily have been mistaken for a school of fish and I did too. However, they seemed to be swimming on the water's surface, with the upper half of their...

One evening, while playing with my daughter outside our house, she noticed something big come buzzing around. She started pulling me and said, ' It's a bee, let's get inside ...

Most of the predators in nature, rely on stealth and camouflage to outsmart their prey. From the big cats like the tiger, leopard, to the smaller hunters like the jumping spiders and praying mantises. Here's one that I came across recently. In one of the nature...

Patterns are so pervasive in nature. As this Wikipedia article on Patterns in nature says, Patterns in nature are visible regularities of form found in the natural world. These patterns recur in different contexts and can sometimes be modeled mathematically. Natural patterns include symmetries, trees, spirals,...

One of the most powerful hunters among all the arthropods is the Praying Mantis. With its two long spiked forelegs, positioned, it lies in wait for its prey to get close. Once the prey gets within reach, the mantis lashes out at it with its...

Recently, got a chance to visit Amboli, a truly fantastic, serene, laid back little hill station, nestled in the Sahyadri hills. A place very rich in a wide variety of flora and fauna. While over there, I kept coming across a lot of shed exoskeletons of...

Mention of the word 'Bees', brings to mind, those huge swarms of buzzing insects living in a very well established social setup. Building huge colonies, consisting of thousands of individuals. However, very recently did I learn that, not all bees live in colonies, meaning, live in...

One of the most numerous and probably one of the busiest creatures on the planet, Ants, seem to be at the helm of a lot of things transpiring not just in the world of insects, but in the whole ecosystem at large. Ants build their long...