Mollem Magic – Mushrooms and more

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

Butterfly feast

Butterfly feast

Look into my eyes

Look into my eyes

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]

Dragonfly break

Dragonfly break

Dragonfly on the bridge

Dragonfly on the bridge

STOP 2: SPIDERS & WORMS

Giant orange spider

Giant orange spider

Worms and Worms Inc.

Worms and Worms Inc.

STOP 3: MUSROOMS AND MUSHROOMS

Giant mushroom

Giant mushroom

Have you seen mushrooms 'on' a tree?

Have you seen mushrooms 'on' a tree?

Washed away

Washed away

Snowflake mushrooms

Snowflake mushrooms

Out of place

Out of place

Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can

The day ended with a heavy downpour… all part of the package!

Vegetation art

Vegetation art

UPDATE: For a great pic of the Devil’s Canyon (a rare landmark in Mollem), go to Elton’s site

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4 responses to “Mollem Magic – Mushrooms and more

  1. loved the ‘Butterfly feast’ angle and ‘Dragonfly on the bridge’ has a nice look to it thanks to the water effects. Its just the ‘giant orange spider’ does not convey the size of how big that guy really was !

  2. really nice!!! hav 2 go 2 mollem next!!!

  3. Hey Gio, Amazing pictures….

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