Mar 212014
Woodpecker facts

Hear about ‘Woodpecker’, we always think of a tough beak. The woodpecker can move its beak up to 16 times per second as it strikes a tree(depends on species), creating an immense force of 1,000 G’s – 250 more times than astronauts are subjected to. Once it’s broken through the tree bark, it uses its

Mar 062014

Leaf-nosed Bat (Hipposideros sp) species is endemic to South Asia where it is widely distributed. It has been recorded from sea level to an elevation of around 1,000 m asl. Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to

Oct 222013
Stinky squid fungi

Pseudocolus fusiformis is a fungi belonging to Phallaceae family & the common name is Stinky squid, this fungi or mushroom gets its common name as stinky because it generates foul rotten smell. Pseudocolus fusiformis The Fruit body at first is a brownish to greyish egg-like stage which will be inside the soil, resembling a puffball with white rhizomorphs.

Sep 202013
Golden Ant

Golden Ant ( Polyrhachis illaudata) is an arboreal ant that live in the canopies of sub-tropical rain forests in Western Ghats, India. They construct nests by binding leaves with the silk produced from their own larvae. However this species does not belong to genuine weaver ants like Oecophyll. Fulgoromorpha Nymph on left &  Golden Ant on right

Aug 062013
Red Velvet Mite

Red velvet mite is an arachnid that belongs to the family Trombidiidae.  They are found in most parts of the world from tropical regions like South India and sub-Saharan region to cold regions like Canada and Scotland.  Red Velvet Mite Recently I had a chance to volunteer Uniform distribution to forest guards by WWF at

Jul 212013
Reddish Burrowing Frog

Reddish Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya rufescens) Typical habitat near water bodies, on landlaterite rocks, stones, forest clearing. Elevation upto 1500m   This frog is endemic to India, widespread across the Western Ghats and the Western Coast. A tiny frog, it merges into the pebbles around it with utmost ease. Found usually during monsoon along laterite rock

May 102013

Mutual preening between two birds, the main purpose of which is to reduce the instinctive aggression when birds are in close contact. In the breeding season allopreening helps to strengthen the pair bond between the male and female.   Jungle Babblers  This behaviour is especially common in parrots, babblers, crows and some finches, or when

Oct 152012
Thorn mimic hopper

Tree hoppers disguise as thorns on plant stem to prevent predators from spotting them,  to get extra protection they hire ants by providing them sweet liquid in return.  The insect body look like leaf buds under the thorns. Hoppers (order Homoptera) are herbivorous insects that suck the carbohydrate-rich juice from phloem vessels in plant sap through

Jun 272012
Ant Mimic – Myrmarachne sp

Recently I had been to Valley school for birdwatching. Surprisingly there wasn’t much bird activity & eventually I was in look out for insects & butterflies. Saw this amazing ant like spider moving very fast on ground, sometimes hiding behind small grass & popping out once a while.  It waves its forelegs mimicking the antenna

Jan 032012
Garole Sheep – Bi-annual lambing

Garole, a precious sheep breed from West Bengal an eastern province of India, is having some outstanding genetic potentiality such as high fecundity and lambing frequency. Its prolificacy, lambing frequency, disease resistance and other extraordinary merits is rarely observed in any other sheep breeds of the world. Garole Sheep Garole weighs around 12-15Kgs in adult, It