I call myself a Goan, and have come to realise that I have not seen much of Goa. Mollem wildlife sanctuary was one such place.
Reaching there takes about an hour and a half from Panjim and after paying the toll fee we were into the wild!
Three main stops and I had my camera brimming with pictures.
STOP 1: BUTTERFLIES & DRAGON FLIES
The butterfly feast referred to is called “Mud-puddling“. It is the phenomenon mostly seen in butterflies and involves their aggregation on substrates like wet soil, dung and carrion to obtain nutrients such as salts and amino acids. Typically, mud-puddling behavior takes place on wet soil. But even sweat on human skin may be attractive to butterflies.
This behaviour is restricted to males in many species who seem to benefit from the sodium uptake through mud-puddling behaviour with an increase in reproductive success. The collected sodium and amino acids are often transferred to the female with the spermatophore during mating as a nuptial gift. This nutrition also enhances the survival rate of the eggs! [more info]
STOP 2: SPIDERS & WORMS
STOP 3: MUSROOMS AND MUSHROOMS
The day ended with a heavy downpour… all part of the package!
UPDATE: For a great pic of the Devil’s Canyon (a rare landmark in Mollem), go to Elton’s site