Tag Archives: Insects

Like a moth to a flame

The perks of being a biology teacher.

Two students come rushing to me in the morning with eager expressions. In a folded sheet of paper they showed me a creature that left me spellbound. I had never seen something like it before. It was a beautiful and exotic moth.

Luna Moth

The wingspan (shown by a pen in comparison) was around four and a half inches.

Luna Moth - Size comparison

The wings were pale green with delicate tail streamers. The wings also had a prominent reddish rust colour along the edges. And the most striking were the “eye spots” on the wings.

Luna Moth
Only later in the evening, one of the investigators researched about it and found it was known as the Luna Moth (Actias Luna)

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Quiet Work

One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,
One lesson which in every wind is blown,
One lesson of two duties kept at one
Though the loud world proclaim their enmity–

Of toil unsever’d from tranquility!
Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows
Far noisier schemes, accomplish’d in repose,
Too great for haste, too high for rivalry.
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What's in it for me

WORK! A dreadful drudgery for some or a creative channel for others.

We work to study and then we study to work some more… work becomes a benchmark of the quality of our lives.

These are pictures I clicked this weekend and take the liberty to use them to illustrate the nuances of work! 🙂

Never too late to begin - caterpillar

Work cannot be the end-all of our education, work itself is a self-learning process. Yet what is work without good company!

Two's company - Butterflies

Our colleagues form what we term … our support systems!

Support systems - tendrils

Yet, there are times when things get rough…

Its mine - ants

but we can always take time for a breather…

Take a break - dragonfly

and no matter what… at the end of the day we love to see a task to its completion

All in a days work - ants

Yes, while on earth a thousand discords ring,

Man’s fitful uproar mingling with his toil,

Still do thy sleepless ministers move on,

Their glorious tasks in silence perfecting;

Still working, blaming still our vain turmoil,

Laborers that shall not fail, when man is gone.

QUIET WORK ~ Mathew Arnold

Quiet Work by Matthew Arnold

One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,

One lesson which in every wind is blown,

One lesson of two duties kept at one

Though the loud world proclaim their enmity–

Of toil unsever’d from tranquility!

Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows

Far noisier schemes, accomplish’d in repose,

Too great for haste, too high for rivalry.

Yes, while on earth a thousand discords ring,

Man’s fitful uproar mingling with his toil,

Still do thy sleepless ministers move on,

Their glorious tasks in silence perfecting;

Still working, blaming still our vain turmoil,

Laborers that shall not fail, when man is gone.

Disco Ants

Disco Ants

This is a season where there are flowers… everywhere.
Happened to spot a rare flower when I went to visit my sister. And when I went to take a closer look, there were two ants doing a very odd dance all over one of the ‘petals’. I couldn’t say if that was some kind of message/sign, but it did look a lot like ‘ant disco’ 😉

Caught in the web

Another one of those blink-and-miss shots. Thanks Elton for pointing out this giant spider! Was quite a challenge to focus on the spider amidst all the foliage.

Caught in the web

Spirit Flies

sometimes, you can have an unexpected visitor. This butterfly came a wishing the other day.
There was a time as a child when i would believe that a moth or a butterfly not seen around was a spirit of a loved one come to say hello… the odd thing is that I would still love to believe that.

Sometimes, you can have an unexpected visitor. This butterfly came a-wishing the other day.

Butterfly spirit

Butterfly spirit

There was a time as a child when I would believe that a beautiful moth or a butterfly is a spirit of a loved one come to say ‘hello’… the odd thing is that I still love to believe that.

Found an interesting article on the same out here

UPDATE:

This swallowtail butterfly is called the Blue Mormon ( Papilio polymnestor). <more detail>

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

Animal Antics

At times it may appear I am living in a jungle (given the fact there is an overdose of greenery on this blog!). But then if you look closely, you will in fact find a world of creatures out there! And they are all out to have some fun.

Wassup dude?

Wassup dude?

What a challenging look this caterpillar gave me while I tried to frame it!

Can you do this???

Can you do this???

The caterpillar wouldn’t take ‘No’ for an answer each time I tried to push him away from the house, back into the leaves.

This perch is my perch

This perch is my perch

And this little cricket managed to stay this even though I tried to shake it off its perch.