Vigors's Sunbird

Made a visit to Amboli, in the last week of July, when what looked like the monsoon was at its peak. It was literally pouring cats and dogs. I had heard about the heavy rains that Amboli receives during the monsoon, but it was beyond what I had envisioned :) Pouring, pouring and relentless pouring. Even when there was a slight reprieve, the place would very quickly get covered in thick mist....

September 21, 2015 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Praying Mantis

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 popularly known as the Praying Mantis ( owing to the way it’s front pair of legs are held, raised up, as if in a position of prayer ) also relies on powerful vision and stealth for hunting and has the necessary equipment for getting the job done....

August 13, 2015 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Long jawed spiders - 16 legged love affair

The members of the ‘Tetragnathidae’ family of spiders are commonly known as the long jawed spiders. Called so because of their relatively longer mouth parts or more specifically called ‘chelicerae’, or the fangs. The other thing that distinguishes them is their first pair of legs being much longer than their second pair. These are orb-weaver spiders, building small to medium sized webs, generally suspended horizontally or at an inclination, above or close to water....

February 27, 2015 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Whirligig Beetle

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 bodies outside, unlike most fish. Looking closely, realized that they weren’t fish at all, but a completely different kind of creatures. They were insects, more specifically, beetles....

November 6, 2014 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

Greater Banded Hornet

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 ……. ' I tried correcting her saying ' That is not a bee, it’s a Hornet, a Greater Banded Hornet, see how much bigger it is when compared to a bee… ' She cut me short and said, ' I don’t care…....

September 27, 2014 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy