Daphnis nerii or Oleander Hawk-moth is a member of the Sphingidae family, whose members are commonly known as the hummingbird, sphinx or hawk moths. This beautiful and attractive species has a wingspan of 8-12 cm. Its forewings are intricately patterned in gorgeous shades of olive green and marked with small blotches of pink and white, including a pale white apical band on each forewing. The hindwings, on the other hand, are greyish green, with a pale white wavy line. Body is mostly olive green too, with white markings and measures about 5 cm from head to tail.
This Euproctis species caterpillar belong to Lymantriidae family was feeding on leaves on cucumber tree (Averrhoea bilimbi).Lymantriidae is a family of moths with about 350 known genera and over 2,500 known species found all over the world, in every continent except Antarctica. They are particularly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Southeast Asia and South America; … Read more
This curious insect belongs to the group of trehoppers belonging to family Membracidae. It is also called thorn Mimic treehopper as it looks like a thorn. most treehoppers are considered as pest, but some like Leptocentrus taurus was found feeding on the noxious weed Parthenium hysterophorus in Karnataka, India, thus acting as potential biological control … Read more
This butterfly is as common as crow. It is also not afraid as none of the birds want to taste this butterfly which is full of alkaloid imbibed during its caterpillar stage of life. Yesterday evening it had stopped raining. So taking my gears I ventured out in my garden to find any good critter … Read more
I found this 20cm long juvenile common wolf snake (Lycodon aulicus) at my hospital. I had tough time identifying it as it did not have the distinctive white bars which wolf snakes have. My good friend Sharath B.K was kind enough to identify it for me. I used Canon EOS 5D mark II with Canon … Read more
Last Sunday it was raining heavily. In the night my daughter called my attention to an ant which was trapped in silken web. my initial thoughts were that it was a spider’s web which had trapped the ant. I could not see any spider around. It was dark and i was struggling to focus on … Read more